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Statue of Third Marquess of Bute

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4836 / 51°29'0"N

Longitude: -3.1791 / 3°10'44"W

OS Eastings: 318218

OS Northings: 176729

OS Grid: ST182767

Mapcode National: GBR KJL.34

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.VZ52

Plus Code: 9C3RFRMC+C8

Entry Name: Statue of Third Marquess of Bute

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13690

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In centre of N side of Friary Gardens, backing onto dock feeder.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Early C20 statue of John, Third Marquess of Bute, 1847-1900. The Third Marquess inherited the enormous fortune of his father when still an infant. With an annual income of £300,000, he and his architect William Burgess transformed Cardiff Castle into an elaborate medieval fantasy, and rebuilt Castell Coch.


Standing bronze figure of Marquess in peer's robes, R foot advanced, R hand grasping robes. On tall granite pedestal with inscriptions (front) "John III Marquess of Bute" (heraldic shield over); (left) "Baron Cardiff 1847-1900" (heraldic shield over); (right) "Earl of Windsor" (heraldic shield over); (rear) "Earl of Dumfries".

Reasons for Listing

Listed as fine public sculpture on prominent site in near civic centre.

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