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Glasshouse to north-east of Ruperra Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Rudry, Caerphilly

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5714 / 51°34'17"N

Longitude: -3.1264 / 3°7'35"W

OS Eastings: 322031

OS Northings: 186443

OS Grid: ST220864

Mapcode National: GBR J0.D88X

Mapcode Global: VH6DV.RRKP

Entry Name: Glasshouse to north-east of Ruperra Castle

Listing Date: 16 July 1998

Last Amended: 5 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20144

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated approximately 125m uphill to the north-east of Ruperra Castle. Set on a platform site facing south across the former gardens.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Rudry (Rhydri)

Community: Rudry

Locality: Ruperra

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Probably c1910 contemporary with the major estate improvements carried out by Commander Courtenay Charles Evan Morgan after he inherited in 1909. Not shown on 1901 2nd edition map. This building was also known as the carnation house.

Ruperra Castle was built in 1626 for Sir Thomas Morgan and its design reflects his social status. During the Civil War it was described as one of the few houses fit for a king. Ruperra remained in the family, as an alternative residence for the Morgans and the Kemeys, until it was sold in 1962. During World War II when soldiers were billeted here there was a serious fire and the main house was gutted; the structure has since become progressively ruinous although remains a major South Wales country house.

Exterior

Long glasshouse of distinctive E-shaped plan with projecting central entrance and wings to either end. Each projecting bay is polygonal with deeply splayed corners. Set on pale brick plinth with rounded steps up to entrance.

Interior

Largely complete, retaining slate slabbed staging carried on quatrefoil-section cast-iron columns (no foundry maker's name visible). Diaper pattern red and cream bricks below the staging. Full-length grilles set into tiled floor below which are the heating pipes. Cast-iron roof braces with trefoil cusping. The woodwork for the framework and windows and doors is said to be teak and the windows have four-centred heads. Overgrown at east end at time of inspection (July 1998).

Reasons for Listing

Included as a scarce example of an Edwardian glasshouse that retains high quality interior fittings and for group value with Ruperra Castle.

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