Celtic Manor Ryder Cup course extension, Little Bulmore Farm barn: building survey
Planning consent has been granted to Celtic Manor Resorts for an extension to anexisting golf course to accommodate the Ryder Cup tournament in 2010. A newclubhouse will be constructed based around a 17
-century farmhouse, Little BulmoreFarm, which is a grade II listed building. A complex of associated historic buildings isalso located around the farm most of which will be demolished during constructionworks. One such building to be demolished was a barn possibly contemporaneouswith the house. A scheme was prepared to record the barn to RCHME Level 3standard before demolition. The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust ContractsDivision (GGAT Contracts) was commissioned to undertake the building survey.The survey recorded the original building as a small, single-storey threshing barn of rectangular plan with one internal division and through-passage doorways constructedof undressed roughly coursed local sandstones. Later modern modifications suggestthat the barn was utilised as a general-purpose building. No evidence to support a17
-century foundation date was discovered. However, the original buildersincorporated stone and brick that almost certainly derived from nearby Romanbuildings.Recovery of the Roman stonework will add to existing knowledge of the settlementand it is therefore recommended that an archaeologist is present during demolitionworks. This will not only enable the Roman stonework to be assessed and recoveredbut will also provide an archaeological watching brief during groundworks that mayelucidate or help determine the foundation date of the barn.
Thanks are due to the staff of Celtic Manor Resorts and Hugh Owen and Brian Huttonof Griffiths, Civil Engineering Contractors. The project was managed by Kate HowellBSc AIFA and the fieldwork was undertaken by John Burton BA and Martin Tuck of GGAT Contracts. The report was written by Martin Tuck and the illustrations weredrawn by Paul Jones of the GGAT Illustration department.
The copyright of this report is held by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological TrustLtd, which has granted an exclusive licence to Celtic Manor Resorts and their agentsto use and reproduce the information contained within. Ordnance Survey mapping isreproduced under license AL10005976. Annotations are GGAT copyright.
Numbers with a letter suffix are Primary Record Numbers (PRN) in the regional Sitesand Monuments record (SMR). Numbers without a suffix are National PrimaryRecord Numbers (NPRN) of the national monuments Record (NMR).