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© 2017 ArchaeoDomus & Ross Cook. 

Having studied Archaeology and Anthropology at university I fulfilled a childhood ambition to make a start towards a career within archaeology. During my time at university and the years following I worked for a number of different companies that specialised in the restoration, conversion and conservation of historic buildings around Wales and Southern England. After a number of years working on the construction side of the historic environment I wanted to gain work within the archaeological, so studied for a Certificate in Buildings Archaeology and increased the amount of archaeological voluntary work I had done. To my good fortune and hard work, in 2012 I applied for and was offered a job on an IfA Workplace Learning Bursary in Historic Building Recording and Interpretation with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Over the last two years I have been involved with a number of different projects, leading on some and providing support on others. From this I am able to say that I specialise in the vernacular, domestic and the industrial, with a strong working knowledge of a broad range of architectural forms and styles throughout Wales and England.

Portfolio of Work

Old Plas,
​Llantwit Major

Invited to record Old Plas by Cadw to provide an assessment of its development and history to support grants towards its restoration. Old Plas sits on the edge of the historic town of Llantwit Major and has its earliest roots in the late 15th century. Over a 300 year period family fortune sees the house transform into a grand Elizabethan mansion, complete with long gallery. From 1729 the mansion lay empty, but in 2012 Anton Jones, a local stone mason, bought the house and has embarked on a restoration project. 


See report (opens as pdf)



Brymbo Iron Works,

For Brymbo a detailed survey and in-depth round of archive research was undertaken to support applications for funding, both from Cadw and HLF (in progress). Brymbo Iron Works was at the centre of the north Welsh Iron Industry for some 200 years. Founded by John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson in 1792, the site produced cylinders for the Boulton and Watt Steam Engines and cannon for the Napoleonic Wars. It underwent continuous development over the next 100 years and in the late 19th century became a steel plant. Today all that remains is the historic core of the site. Work at Brymbo helped bring £33,000 of funding to the site to help stabilise the remaining buildings.


Site Plan (opens as pdf)


Core Buildings (opens as pdf)


Machine Shop (opens as pdf)


Cast House Sections (opens as pdf)


Remedial work recommendations


Recorded prior to demolition in 2014 to provide a lasting account of the house. Tal-y-fedw had its origins in the early 17th century as the home of a yeoman farmer and saw successive developments over a 250 year period to enlarge and modernise the property to suite the period. 


See report (opens as pdf)



Tal-y-Fedw,​ Llantrisant

Ross - Archaeological

Invited to record Porth-y-dwr during a programme of restoration, this timber-framed town house represents a fine example of a large medieval hall house from the 15th century. Porth-y-dwr comprises of an early-15th century two bay hall and two bay kitchen, with a mid-15th century four bay two storey cross wing, with a single bay remaining open at street level to act as a walkway. A two-centred doorway remains in the dais canopy to the early hall, but interestingly, the dais is within the later frame. Although no documentary evidence can be found, we believe Porth-y-dwr to be a rare example of a merchants town house.


See Plan (opens as pdf)


Timber Frame Plan (opens as pdf)


Two-centred Doorway (opens as pdf)



Snowdonian Houses,

Snowdonian houses are a form of two storey dwelling that have their origins in late-medieval hall houses of the late 15th century. These houses were surveyed for a joint publication between the RCAHMWales and the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group. Houses for this publication have been both surveyed and dated through use of dendrochronology, the latter undertaken by the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory.


Oerddwr-isaf (opens as pdf)


Hafodruffydd-isaf (opens as pdf)


Brynmaenllwyd (opens as pdf)





As an emergency recording, Cwarel Uchaf was surveyed after work had already started to this Grade II Listed cottage. Some work had already removed the under-thatch, but recording allowed an assessment of a large amount of original material. Cwarel Uchaf was built in the early 19th century as a small quarry workers/managers house and typifies the Ceredigion cottage of this period.


See report (opens as pdf)



Cwarel Uchaf,
Creuddyn Bridge