Castle Coch

Work Carried Out:

About the Building:

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.

Customer Testimonial:

" As the works at the above are now completed, I thought I would drop you a line in appreciation of the effort put in by your company. As you know, I was very Impressed by the way in which the scaffold was erected in September last but your efforts of then were even surpassed by the wasy in which it was taken down. I hope that our paths cross again in the future and, if so, it would be a comfort knowing that such works would be in very safe, competent hands.

Many Thanks again for your efforts in bringing this contract to a successful conclusion.

Neil Daniels - Senior Architectural Officer"