Grove of Narberth has an important local history that can be traced back to the 15th century when the site was occupied by a ‘Ty Hir’ or Longhouse owned by the Bailiff of Tenby.
The longhouse, “Bailiff’s Cottage”– which would have housed the resident family and their livestock – survives to this day, standing just apart from the main house.
Next to the longhouse stands “Poyer’s Cottage” complete with inglenook and bread oven, and the original arrow slits. We are not entirely sure, but the architecture of this cottage suggests that it was possibly built in the same era as the longhouse.
Daniel Poyer a local gentleman, inherited the property in 1677. It is thought that the main house, originally a 2 storey masonry stone building together with the walled garden, were built by Daniel in the 1680's. At around that time, historical coach route maps suggest that Grove of Narberth was an important stopping point for travellers on the journey west to St David’s.
In 1874, John Pollard Seddon a notable arts and crafts architect of his time, was instructed by the Lewis’s of Henllan to make ‘renovations and alterations’ to form a larger gentleman’s residence. This work extended the original Jacobean L-shaped house to provide a large hallway, new staircase, lounge, master bedroom and a library on the first floor landing. Seddon’s design is very much in a neo-gothic style which has strong references to the early arts and crafts movement.
The extension added a 3rd floor for servant’s accommodation. At this time, all the existing rooms were remodelled and ornate ceramic fireplaces, designed by Seddon himself, added to the rooms. These distinctive fireplaces and his unique arts and crafts joinery give the Grove interiors its unique character which delights so many of our visitors.
Do you know more of the history of our house?
If you have any historic information that adds to our story, we would love to hear from you.