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Welcome to CastellCoch.com

I’ve been writing about Castell Coch for about 8 years so I thought it was about time I created a dedicated website for the memorabilia, stories and images that I’ve collected. I’m going to focus on four main areas of interest to me: Art The castle has probably inspired thousands of artists over the years. …

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Back of postcard with 1962 postmark

Postcards of Castell Coch – Part 4

There are lots of postcards with aerial photos of the castle in my collection and this is one of my favourites. The company who produced the image have a huge collection of photos available to view on Amgueddfa Cymru’s website. Scaffolding has been erected on the curtain wall and it looks like roof tiles were …

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Old photo of Castell Coch

Castell Coch Then and Now – Part 1

This image of Castell Coch is from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. The photograph is mounted on card along with shots of a T.V.R. Converted Bristol Class locomotive and Barmouth Bridge under Cader Idris. The photographs aren’t dated unfortunately. After some quick research of Barmouth Bridge though, it turns out the drawbridge in the …

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Illustration of Castell Coch

Castell Coch – A Poem by T I Jones

The Glamorgan County Magazine published 13 issues between October 1948 and 1952. This poem by T. I. Jones appears in the first issue of Volume 2 in Autumn 1949. A photo of Castell Coch is on the cover. The title was printed by The Castle Printing Works in Water Street, Port Talbot. I couldn’t find …

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Castell Coch by J M Staniforth

Two of the favourite items in my collection are these illustrations of Castell Coch by Joseph Staniforth. They were printed in a supplement to “The Builders Journal and Architectural Record” on Wednesday, December 21 1898. Joseph Morewood Staniforth is known for his Welsh editorial cartoons. They were published in several newspapers including the News of …

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Black and white photo of a cavalier

The Ghosts of Castell Coch – Part 2

This tale of ghostly apparitions was first told by Cardiff chemist Robert Drane in 1858. The story was embellished and retold by Mr and Mrs Hall in their 1861 guide, “The Book Of South Wales The Wye And The Coast“. Image credit: Anguskirk | Johnathan Ciarrocca

Aerial view of Castell Coch, 1949

Castell Coch from Above

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) was established in 1908. They develop and promote the understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales. The Commission has a huge collection of items in its archive, The National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW). Coflein is the online catalogue of …

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Four illustrations of Castell Coch

William Burges’ Plans for the Reconstruction of Castell Coch

It’s 150 years this month since Lord Bute instructed John McConnochie to excavate the site at Castell Coch. The results were investigated by William Burges, who was able to build on G. T. Clark’s 1850 report and present Bute with the option of either restoration or reconstruction. Burges submitted the “Castell Coch Report” to the …

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Illustration of an old Taff Trail leaflet

Castell Coch and the Taff Trail

I recently picked up a series of leaflets that describe the route of the Taff Trail from Cardiff to Brecon. They were produced by the Taff Trail with support from Mid Glamorgan County Council, Taff Ely Borough Council and the Welsh Office. This information helps me date the leaflet to between 1988, when the trail …

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