Patterns of Castell Coch – Part 1


Castell Coch is famous for its spectacular interiors. I’ve decided to illustrate the stencils, murals and patterns that decorate Cardiff’s iconic Gothic Revival landmark. This first instalment includes designs from the banqueting hall and Lord Bute’s bedroom.

The detailed stencilling in the banqueting hall was completed by the interior decorators Campbell, Smith & Co. under Burges’ direction. This is the only room in the castle that was completed before Burges died.

This is one of the patterns used throughout the banqueting hall. The High Victorian Gothic style was very popular in the mid to late 19th century.

After Burges died in 1881, William Frame directed the completion of the castle’s interior.

The tapered chimney that dominates the banqueting hall features this pattern on either side of the fireplace.

Old guidebook for Castell Coch

The 1975 official handbook had this pattern on its cover.

Castell Coch Official Guidebooks 1957 – 1975

This design is nestled in a larger mural that adorns Lord Bute’s bedroom.

I haven’t tried to estimate how many unique designs there are in the castle but I imagine there are many hundreds, so this project is going to keep me busy!

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