Building of the Month February 2019: Penrhiwpal Isaf (the Old Courthouse), Ceredigion
This Grade II building stands in the west Wales countryside near to Newcastle Emlyn in Ceredigion. It is a site with a fascinating history, as it has been used as a dwelling, which was last occupied in the mid 1960’s, a public house, village stores and an area courthouse. The remnants of these various uses are still visible. It stands in a good sized site with an outbuilding which was probably a cowshed or stable.
The listing entry states that the reason for listing is that it is an extremely rare example of vernacular building with evidence in its fabric that a law court sat in the building. It is thought that the building dates from the early to mid 19th century but hewn and pegged roof trusses may indicate earlier date for building.
The buildings are in a very poor state and dangerous to enter. There is consent to convert the old courthouse to residential accommodation for conversion of the former cowshed/stable building into a home office unit. A further small outbuilding could be used as a garden store/tool shed/domestic workshop.
It is on the market through Dai Lewis, College Sreet, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9AJ, 01239 710481, firstname.lastname@example.org for offers in excess of £100,000.