The stairs to the upper floors are encased with in the walls and lit
through small arched lights each created by carving through a single
building block. The original porch and the corners of the main building
are dressed with quoins fashioned from Quarella stone and the door
frames in most of the rooms are fashioned from Sutton stone. Other
notable architectural features are the squared lights in the porch and
the herring-bone shaping in the main hearth wall.
The ground floor is paved in stone slabs, the upper timbered. The
building retains many of its timbers but the upper floors and some
purlins and beams were replaced in the late twentieth century during a
previous attempt to bring the building back into use.
St John’s House, Newcastle Hill, Bridgend, CF31 4EY - M: 07510 248315
St John’s Hospice is protected as a Grade II* Listed building (No 13111);
the description was last amended in 1986 and can be accessed via the
Historic Wales Portal
The building was rapidly surveyed by the Royal Commission on Ancient
and Historical Monuments in Wales c 1980 and is noted in the relevant
volume of the Glamorgan Inventory, it is also described in Peter Smith’s
overview Houses of the Welsh Countryside (Royal Commission on the
Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales 1975, 194, 199).
The building is of unusual quality and preserves a degree of structural
integrity not always seen in domestic dwellings of late Medieval and
early post-medieval date in Wales. The property was visited again in
2014, a copy of the report can be found by following this link.
In style and plan it belongs to a class of buildings known as hearth-
passage houses which in plan share a common characteristic of the main
hall fireplace and chimney backing onto a central passage, which serves
to divide the house into two units, but it may have been adapted from
an established structure.
Alongside some minor modifications, extensions were
added to the front and rear of the building in the
later part of the eighteenth and in the nineteenth
centuries. All bar one of the extensions has been
The central passage is entered through a storeyed
porch, enlarged from a smaller entrance, which on
the ground floor gives access to the hall
on the north (upslope) side and two
service rooms to the south , the
eastern of these is apsidal to the
east. On the second floor is a
single room open to the roof
above the hall, whilst a Great
Chamber over the service end
lies below a loft.
St John’s House Trust (Bridgend) Charity Reg. No. 1147340