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Lead Cistern in the east forecourt of St Fagans Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in St Fagans, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4864 / 51°29'11"N

Longitude: -3.2685 / 3°16'6"W

OS Eastings: 312016

OS Northings: 177150

OS Grid: ST120771

Mapcode National: GBR HT.KNJH

Mapcode Global: VH6F5.9WDW

Plus Code: 9C3RFPPJ+HH

Entry Name: Lead Cistern in the east forecourt of St Fagans Castle

Listing Date: 6 October 1977

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13885

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: One of the associated structures in the gardens of St Fagans Castle and part of the Museum of Welsh Life.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: St. Fagans (Sain Ffagan)

Community: St. Fagans

Locality: Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans

Built-Up Area: St Fagans

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The cistern bears the date 1620 and the arms of Sir Edward Lewis. It was probably brought from The Van, Caerphilly, the Lewis family seat, and re-sited here c1870. Sir Edward Lewis had himself bought St. Fagans Castle in 1616 and had laid out the formal gardens. It is not known exactly when the cistern was placed in position but it is not shown on the1855 plan and is known to have been in place in 1888.


Large circular lead cistern about 2m in diameter and 1.3m in height. The outer face of the cistern has a double row of panels nearly all of which have a framework of arcading and are decorated with a floriated pattern. It is one of the earliest circular cisterns of this type still surviving.

Reasons for Listing

Included and highly graded as a rare and important early C17 lead cistern and as one of the structures associated with the gardens and estate of St. Fagans Castle.

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