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Ty Bronna, St Fagan's Road, Fairwater

Date: 1903

Client: W. Hastings Watson

Listing: Grade II

Ty Bronna

The entry in Pevsner's Glamorgan (by John Newman, 1995) reads:

Fairwater. TY BRONNA, St Fagans Road, 1m W. (headquarters of the South Glamorgan Ambulance Service). This is real Voysey, with all his personal traits. Designed, for Hastings Watson, in 1903, with finishing touches extending to 1906. First to catch the eye is the STABLE BLOCK of 1904, built close to the road. Clean white outline, gables at each end, with battered angle buttresses. The house stands higher up the hillside among trees. Voysey exploited the slope by placing the entrance at the short W end, so that he could open up a five-arched veranda almost the full width of the S front, which faced the view over the valley of the River Ely. Two full storeys above that and an all-embracing hipped roof. At the angles battered buttresses from ground to eaves. The staircase immediately inside the front door is denoted by vertically proportioned windows, and one oeil-de-boeuf. The principal rooms are towards the E, the drawing room lit by a long, low window within the recessed veranda, and given a bowed E window and an oeil-de-boeuf to the S. The exterior has been spoilt by the infilling of the veranda arches and a crude balcony parapet. Inside, the typical timber STAIRCASE survives, rising immediately beyond the front door. Semicircular arch at its head, opening into a long, generously glazed vestibule with original fireplace. Floors of slate.

Image from The modern home: a book of British domestic architecture for moderate incomes, edited by Walter Shaw Sparrow, p.55. Scanned by Cornell University Library.

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