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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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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

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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Black and white photo of Castell Coch and vineyard

The Castell Coch Vineyard

There are 31 vineyards in Wales and 739 in England, according to WineGB’s 2020 report. In the late 19th century, however, wine was imported from Europe and there were no commercial vineyards in Britain. The Experiment Began This changed in 1873, when Lord Bute asked his head gardener, Mr Andrew Pettigrew, to plant a vineyard …

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Postcard featuring pencil drawing of Castell Coch

Postcards of Castell Coch – Part 2

For this second instalment of “Postcards of Castell Coch”, I’ve chosen a trio of postcards featuring pencil drawings by Joyce Capon. Dating the cards is tricky because they haven’t been posted. They were printed by “William Lewis (Printers) Ltd., 43, Penarth Road, Cardiff.” Some quick research tells me that William Lewis died in 1918 but …

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Postcard featuring a photo of a girl playing piano in the kitchen of Castell Coch

Postcards of Castell Coch – Part 1

For this first instalment of “Postcards of Castell Coch“, I present a favourite of mine. The photo on the postcard shows a young girl playing the piano in the kitchen. This was one of my first postcard purchases and I was confused why a postcard would feature such a personal scene. I always thought postcards …

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