Cefntilla Court

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Cefntilla Court
Cefntilla house - geograph.org.uk - 944837.jpg
General information
Architectural style neo-Tudor
Town or city Llandenny
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°43′18″N 2°51′42″W / 51.7218°N 2.8618°W / 51.7218; -2.8618Coordinates: 51°43′18″N 2°51′42″W / 51.7218°N 2.8618°W / 51.7218; -2.8618
Construction started 1858, with earlier origins
Client Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan
Design and construction
Architect Thomas Henry Wyatt

Cefntilla Court, Llandenny, is a 19th-century country house (with 17th-century origins) in Monmouthshire, Wales, which was substantially rebuilt by Thomas Henry Wyatt,[1] for Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan. The court is a Grade II* listed building as of 31 January 2011.[2]

Richard Somerset's father, FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan had commanded the British forces during the Crimean War. He died in 1855 and Richard succeeded him, his elder brother having died earlier. One thousand six hundred and twenty-three of the late Lord Raglan's "friends and admirers and comrades", [3] purchased the house and estate as a memorial to him in 1858 and presented it to Richard and his heirs in perpetuity. Richard engaged Thomas Henry Wyatt to undertake complete rebuilding of the court in a Tudor style.[4] The house is built of Old Red Sandstone.[5] The interior retains the original Jacobean hall which has a most "unusual early Renaissance" hall frieze[6] which came from Usk Priory. The frieze was decorated in the 1930s by FitzRoy Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan, the antiquarian and historian of Monmouthshire.[7]

Under the terms of the will of FitzRoy Somerset, 5th Baron Raglan, following his death in 2010, the court and estate were left to a nephew, Henry Van Moyland, of Los Angeles, whilst the title passed to Geoffrey Somerset, 6th Baron Raglan.[8] In March 2012, the court was for sale,[9] with a guide price of £2 million, whilst many of the contents were to be auctioned at Christie's in April 2012.[10] However the auction was halted by a High Court injunction pending resolution of a legal claim[11] though the future of the campaign to rescue the artifacts suffered a blow with the death of Arthur Somerset on 27 July 2012.[12][11] The decision to sell the collection which is more valuable as an entity and is described as "unique" upset both heritage lobbyists and relatives prompting a campaign to save it.[13] The claim was settled at the end of 2013 and the collection is now due to be auctioned at Christie's on 22nd May 2014. [14]

Memorials to a number of members of the Raglan branch of the Somerset family can be seen in St John's Church, the parish church of Llandenny.[15]


  1. ^ Newman, p. 272
  2. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (2001-01-31). "Cefn Tilla Court - Raglan - Monmouthshire - Wales". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. ^ Newman, p. 272
  4. ^ Newman, p. 272
  5. ^ Newman, p. 272
  6. ^ The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire, page 273
  7. ^ Newman, p. 273
  8. ^ Devine, Darren (2011-02-08). "The disinheritance of Lord Raglan’s nephew and future title holder causes split in family - Monmouth - Local Welsh News - News". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  9. ^ "15 bedroom house for sale in Llandenny, Usk, Monmouthshire , NP15". Rightmove.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  10. ^ Christie’s (2012-02-17). "RELEASE: THE RAGLAN COLLECTION | Press Release | Christie's". Christies.com. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  11. ^ a b Tim Walker (3 Aug 2012). "Duke of Wellington's treasures in jeopardy". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "A Raglan call to arms". Ragalan Rescue. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Colin Gleadell (27 Mar 2012). "Battle to save Wellington legacy". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sale of the century as aristocrats auction heirlooms". Daily Telegraph. 
  15. ^ Mary in Monmouth (2010-03-08). "Mary in Monmouth: LLANDENNY- The Church with the Mystery Saint". Maryinmonmouth.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12.