above the Bulmore Road overlooking the meandering River Usk, designed
in the style of a French chateau, Clawdd must be one of
the finest houses of its type in the area.
above postcard view of Clawdd was posted on December 24th
1907 - just a few months after the house was completed. The deeds
dated 22 May 1907 show that the land (19 acres) was leased to
Mrs Anne Evelyn Lyne, 'the wife of Ernest Lewis Lyne' a
land agent. The thirty pounds a year ground rent was paid to the
'Charity called The Church Lands in the Parish of Christchurch'.
One of the conditions was that at least one thousand five hundred
pounds was to be spent erecting the house and stables - a large
sum of money for those days. The deeds also stipulated that the
property was to be painted inside every ten years and outside
1901 census shows the Lyne family living at 'Bryn Gomer'
Pontrhydron (nowadays north Cwmbran). However Johns' 1901 directory
states that Ernest Lyne, JP, was living at 'Gwaun y ffynon',
Caerleon. We think this was on the outskirts of Caerleon on the
Ponthir Road. According to local folklore the family were living
at 'Pollards Well' not long after this; the land was required
for building the hospital, and Ernest Lyne was paid a large sum
of money to vacate property.
Clawdd was built for the Lyne family: Ernest Lewis Lyne
(41yrs), his wife Anne Evelyn (38yrs), son Cecil Lewis (13yrs),
daughter Nancy Violet (8yrs) and Alice Maud Lyne (48yrs) Ernest's
sister. It is likely that the little girl with her dog is Nancy
Violet Lyne, the lady could be her mother, indeed the above card
was signed by Anne Lyne.
the 1950s the house was owned by Cecil Lyne. He had served in
both World Wars and had reached the rank of Colonel. He ran a
chicken farm on the land with ten large chicken houses and won
the 'Monmouthshire Best Lay Cup'. Later one of the chicken
houses became the base for a local shooting club - the 'Newport
Wildfowlers' - with a bar and large display of stuffed animals.
Colonel (pictured right in 1974) has been described as a proper
country gentleman. It is said that he spent most of his time in
the room at the bottom of the house's round turret and that he
even slept in there in his old army bed! When he died in 1979
the property was put up for sale. It was bought by Janet Hughes
who had previously run the Copper Kettle in the High Street,
Caerleon. And so Clawdd had a new lease of life - please
follow this link.
have heard that the Colonel wrote his memoirs and that a lady
from Caerleon typed them up for him. Please let
us know if you can help trace this document.