The Plas and its landscape
The Stedman Family: The family who came eventually to inhabit and own the former site of Strata Florida and its precinct in the 16th century, probably as early as 1565 if not before, were the Stedmans.
Gerald Morgan is currently working, as part of the Strata Florida Project, on their history and the documents relating to their landholdings and estate administration. The family held the land until the mid 18h century when it passed, through marriage, to the Powells of Nanteos.
The Surviving BuildingsThe Stedman house or plas at Strata Florida is the present farmhouse of Mynachlog Fawr, a grade II* listed building, first depicted on a Buck engraving of 1741. The arrangement of other buildings, enclosures, gardens, avenue and other trappings of a gentry messuage can still be seen on an estate map of 1765 when it is in its last period of use as a plas. In 1778 it was leased out as the house of a tenant farm. From then onwards it develops as a farmhouse, in the hands of the Arch family from 1850 to the present day.
What is shown in 1765 is the house itself, an adjacent, detached outbuilding to the south, which was probably the main kitchen, since it still retains a massive stone-built fireplace and oven.
To the west are two yards and a square garden, at the other ends of which are two buildings, one (still extant) a large threshing barn of late 17th or early 18th century date and the other (pulled down c.1850 for the modern road) a large gatehouse and outbuilding. The present complex of farm buildings, while retaining the threshing barn is a typical Improvement courtyard complex of stone building.