Building of the Month July 2018: Griffin Inn, Llyswen, Powys
This roadside inn, possibly with medieval origins, was until relatively recently a thriving village pub with a reputation for good local food – especially salmon from the nearby Wye. Unfortunately, the pub closed about two years ago and it has been standing empty ever since. It is now on the market. It featured in Revive and Survive, the 2018-19 Buildings at Risk cataogue having been nominated by a local concerned that this historic building and important village facility should not be redundant for too long and begin to deteriorate in condition.
The Grade II listed Griffin Inn was built as an inn in the 19th century and was owned by the Glanusk Estate. It has long been a landmark in the area because of its prominent corner site. It was charmingly designed to hug the curve of the corner with a central gabled section housing the main entrance, which is emphasised by projecting forwards of the other bays. Inside there are a succession of rooms full of character with exposed beams and open fire places.
The listing entry mentions that there is evidence of an earlier thatched roof and it is clear that this building has fascinating origins and that the history of the locality is very closed linked with it. It would ideal to see it brought back into use to serve the community.
The agents are Sidney Phillips www.sidneyphillips.co.uk, 01981 250 333 through whom all enquiries should be made. Offers for the Freehold are invited around £235,000 (reduced from £295,000).