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Raised Terrace to SE of Castle with steps into garden

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6503 / 52°39'1"N

Longitude: -3.1592 / 3°9'33"W

OS Eastings: 321672

OS Northings: 306474

OS Grid: SJ216064

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.64VX

Mapcode Global: WH79P.FNV1

Plus Code: 9C4RMR2R+48

Entry Name: Raised Terrace to SE of Castle with steps into garden

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16783

Building Class: Defence

Location: The raised terrace lies immediately S of the flight of steps leading from the Marquess Gate to the E entrance to the castle, and its S wall forms a re

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Locality: Powis Castle

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: Both terrace and steps are characterised by the use of square balustrading - a detail also found in other features at Powis which can be dated to the late C17. It is probable that this terrace with the steps formed part of the late C17 layout both of the approach to the castle from the E, and of the garden terraces. It may therefore be the work of William Winde. Early illustrations of Powis (by Thomas Dineley, 1684, and Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, 1742) show a small pavilion towards the E end of the terrace, balustraded in similar fashion. This is thought to have been built as a small banqueting chamber and was probably part of the original scheme. It was still there at the end of the C18 (shown on T.F.Pritchard's plan of 1771), but was perhaps removed as part of the repairs and modifications carried out at the castle and its gardens in the early C19.

Description: Stone and brick revetment walls with squared balustraded parapets form a raised terrace. Stone steps with similar balustrading lead down from the E entrance to the castle. A rectangular square sundial stands towards the E of the terrace.

Listed as a highly significant element of the surviving late C17 layout of the castle with its gardens.

References: Richard Haslam, Powys, Buildings of Wales series, 1979, pp.189-192;
The National Trust, Powis Castle, 1988 and 1994.

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