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Higher Berse Farmhouse, Higher Berse Road, Coedpoeth

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Map ReferenceSJ35SW
Grid ReferenceSJ3048651168
Unitary (Local) AuthorityWrexham
Old CountyDenbighshire
PeriodPost Medieval
The house is dated on rainwater heads '1815' and appears to be entirely of this date. There had been a house here since at least the mid C15 (owned by the Puleston family, and subsequently by the Drelincourts of Berse Drelincort), but it was acquired by the Plas Power estate in 1814, and immediately rebuilt. The initials on the rainwater heads may be those of Thomas Fitzhugh.

The main front is tooled ashlar, the rest roughly coursed and squared rubble. It has a hipped slate roof with a bold overhang to the eaves, a brick end wall and rear stacks. The house is 2 storeys, of a deep, pile plan, with the 3 window entrance front facing S.
This front has a full-height, recessed central arch housing a doorway in a reeded pedimented architrave, with an interlace fanlight to the 6-panelled door. Above it is a wide, 12-pane sash window with a cambered stone lintel, while similar windows in the outer bays have wedge lintels. The ground floor windows are 6-pane sashes.

The return elevation to the west has casement windows of 2 and 3-lights set towards the rear of the first floor, and there is a doorway and 3-light, small-paned, mullioned and transomed window towards the rear. The rear elevation has a central doorway with a Y-traceried window over it, in tall round-arched architrave. The east return has 3-light, small-paned, mullioned and transomed windows.

The interior has a central entrance hall with the principle rooms facing south. The hall is divided by a wide segemental archway with a radial fanlight over a door in a moulded architrave, with the staircase set to the rear of the house. The house retains much of its contemporary detail, with plaster ceiling cornices and joinery, including a plain spindle stair with scrolled tread-ends, panelled doors and window shutters.
(Source; Cadw listing database) S Fielding RCAHMW 22/05/2006