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Castle Coch

Castle Coch

This building is chiefly known as a romantic folly supposedly reproducing a small medieval Welsh chieftain's stronghold, built in the 1870s, for the 3rd Marquess of Bute to a design by William Burges, and possessing the most remarkable interior decoration. However, it was built upon the remains of a genuine 13th century castle built in two stages. Evidence was found of the building having been deliberately slighted by mining.

The castle was probably founded by a Welsh lord in c1240-65 and had a round tower keep at the SW corner of a tiny D-shaped courtyard with a hall on the south side, all built of rough rubble sandstone from which the building took the name Castell Coch, or "Red Castle." It stands upon a platform commanding the gorge of the Taff and was protected towards the higher ground by a deep dry moat from the bottom of which the walls rise with a very broadly battered base. The keep contained vaulted rooms, and probably had a fourth storey and a conical roof like it has now. The walls are over 3.3m thick above the square battered base from which it rises with pyramidal spurs.



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Wow cool... A great building, a great history and a great shot.
#1 Sat January 21, 2012 10:17pm

From the narrative you seem to really know your castles. Thank you for the narrative. Without it I'd been fooled to believe that it was quite an example of a military castle. Nevertheless, it is an awesome sight. Beautifully captured. Thank you.
#2 Sun January 22, 2012 4:12am

Really nice work Craig i like it
#3 Sun January 22, 2012 9:47am

craig healan
thank you so much ....;),
#4 Sun January 22, 2012 3:29pm

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