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Great Western Hotel

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

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Latitude: 51.4765 / 51°28'35"N

Longitude: -3.1771 / 3°10'37"W

OS Eastings: 318347

OS Northings: 175943

OS Grid: ST183759

Mapcode National: GBR KJN.KN

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.W48X

Plus Code: 9C3RFRGF+J5

Entry Name: Great Western Hotel

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13800

Building Class: Commercial

Location: At S end of St Mary Street.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Hotel of 1875; by W D Blessley, architect.


Gothic hotel building on rounded corner site. Three storeys. Faced in random stone (mainly Radyr stone); bathstone dressings, slate roofs. Plate tracery to windows; corbelled turrets (pinnacles lost). Entrance block has tower with steep pyramidal roof with 2 levels of louvres; paired 2-light windows to top floor, 2-light Gothic window to first floor, Gothic doorway with modern canopy. To each side of tower, narrow bay with gabled dormer enclosing Gothic window, below this, round window, below this, 2-light square headed window; on ground floor, blocked doorway with cinquefoil in Gothic head. To right of entrance block, 4 gabled bays with 3-light Gothic window to top floor, 2-light Gothic window to first floor (panelled aprons), 2-light Gothic window under straight hood to ground floor. To L of entrance block, seven bays as before (doors under modern canopies to 2 bays); then (beyond buttress) broader bay with stone balcony to first floor, and 3-light window to ground floor; similar bay to splayed corner (upper window recessed) with camber-headed doorway. Two window elevation to W side.

Reasons for Listing

Elaborate Gothic composition on important corner site. Group value with neighbouring listed buildings.

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