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Latitude: 51.4463 / 51°26'46"N
Longitude: -3.6044 / 3°36'15"W
OS Eastings: 288597
OS Northings: 173146
OS Grid: SS885731
Mapcode National: GBR HC.N22V
Mapcode Global: VH5HQ.GXV4
Entry Name: Boundary Wall N of Seamouth Lodge
Listing Date: 3 March 1999
Last Amended: 3 March 1999
Source ID: 21792
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: Forming part of the W boundary of Dunraven Park. Located between the NW angle of Seamouth Lodge and the visitor centre (former kennels).
County: Vale of Glamorgan
Community: St. Bride's Major (Saint-y-Brid)
Community: St Brides Major
Locality: Dunraven Park
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Dunraven Castle, an early C19 castellated gothic-style mansion, was situated on a cliff top overlooking the sea. The site has a long and almost continuous history, starting as an Iron Age hillfort. A Norman castle here was awarded to the de Londres family of Ogmore, and then to the Butlers. It was probably rebuilt in the C15 as a manor house, and recorded thus by Leland in the 1530s as a ‘the manor place’. It is shown in an engraving of c 1776 with features such as mullioned windows. At this time it is said to have included many of the older elements including a chapel and burial place. It passed to the Vaughans, then to the Wyndham family in the C16, and finally to the Earls of Dunraven.
The castle was rebuilt in 1802-6 by Thomas Wyndham of Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire, as a hunting seat. The design was drawn up by Mrs Wyndham, though it appears to be based on the design for Clearwell Castle, by Roger Morris, 1728. It was remodelled in 1858 by Egbert Moxham, for Caroline Wyndham; the central tower was replaced by a conservatory and the N and S wings were raised. It was extended with a tower and wing on the seaward side by George Devey in 1886-8. The castle was demolished in 1962, having been used as a hotel, and only the footings survive.
The park was a deer park in the C17. The park walls, lodges, entrances and drives are probably contemporary with the rebuilding of the house in 1802-6. The sea walks in the park were designed by Lord Dunraven in 1840.
Probably early C19, and contemporary with the rebuilding of the castle in 1802-6. Possibly replacing earlier walls to the Deer Park.
Rubble stone wall with half-round coping. There is an opening in the N section of the wall with plain square piers. The wall rises slightly to each side. Towards the N, the wall steps down in front of the visitor centre and has saddleback coping. There is an entrance located centrally to the building with tall square piers with pyramidal caps and steps leading up. To the N is a further pier and a gate, beyond which the wall continues for a short distance before abutting one of the ranges of the visitor centre.
Listed as a defining feature of Dunraven Park with distinctive character.
Group value with Seamouth Lodge, boundary wall to S, and other listed items in the park.
Other nearby listed buildings