The Grange at Llanfrechfa has had a long and varied history and has within it many original and interesting features that can still be seen today. It was Grade 2 listed by CADW in 2001 for the quality of its Jacobethan interiors, especially the original drawing room and the stained glass in the Chapel. We have been exploring the inside and outside and will be sharing information and images of different rooms in a series of posts.
The original mansion was built around 1848 for Charles Prothero and designed by local architect J H Langdon. In 1860 the estate was bought by Francis Johnstone and Elizabeth Harcourt Mitchell as their marital home. The Mitchells made many alterations and extensions to the house and attached their initials and crest to the front in 1892.
The Committee Room
The large ground floor room to the southeast was originally the drawing room with large windows, an intricate plaster-work ceiling and a grand fireplace – the timber over-mantle dating from the early 17th century. There are many plaster-work characters around the fireplace. The room is now used as a Committee room and many will have had the chance to examine its fine details.
In the Library the walls are lined with shelves and cupboards, and we found a number of interesting artifacts and objects when we were exploring.
Some of the messages in these ‘healthograms’ are still relevant today, for instance: “You can be overfed but undernourished – choose your food!”
The exterior of the Grange from behind showing the octagonal Chapel – we’ll be looking at this in more detail in our next post in this series.