History

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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Copper halberd with five rivet-holes and central mid-rib

The Castell Coch Hoard

During the Festival of Archaeology, all issues of British Archaeology Magazine are free to view. I did some digging and unearthed an interesting find. In the village of Tongwynlais, just 150 metres north west of Castell Coch and 20cm below the forest floor, a cache of copper weapons lay buried for 4,000 years. This article was originally published …

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A dark and spooky edited photo of Castell Coch

The Ghosts of Castell Coch

Castell Coch is famous for its ghost stories, but how many do you know? Here are two tales that might make you think about visiting the castle after dark again. Excerpts from “Turn of the Century Ton” by Roger Brown. This article was originally published on Tongwynlais.com. These stories feature in the book “Turn of the …

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