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Penrice Castle North-West Gates, Railings and Piers

A Grade II Listed Building in Penrice, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.5791 / 51°34'44"N

Longitude: -4.1733 / 4°10'23"W

OS Eastings: 249507

OS Northings: 188933

OS Grid: SS495889

Mapcode National: GBR GS.KC8R

Mapcode Global: VH3MX.MK3T

Entry Name: Penrice Castle North-West Gates, Railings and Piers

Listing Date: 29 October 1999

Last Amended: 29 October 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22540

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the entrance to Penrice Castle park, opposite Home Farm.

County: Swansea

Community: Penrice (Pen-rhys)

Community: Penrice

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Penrice Castle was built in 1773-7, with William Gubbings as mason. In 1790 and 1793 Gubbings was paid for gatepiers; probably the gates, railings and piers of all four entrances to the park were added in the early 1790s.


A formal gateway in the boundary wall of Penrice Castle park, set diagonally across the corner between two roads. The gateway consists of two main sandstone piers carrying the gates and two outer oolitic limestone piers of smaller size linked by fixed railings. The wall each side is of rubble sandstone, 2m high. There is a stile to the right. The main piers are square, about 3.5m apart, heavily rusticated and vermiculated. Tall plinth with base moulding. Small cornice with fine vertical fluting. The finials are stone globes on thin hollow stems, each with a bold vermiculated square mid-height block. The globes and cornices have been restored. The outer piers are in plain ashlar on small plinths. Each has a simple slab coping and a finial of poppy seedpod form. The gates and the side railings are plain, in wrought iron, with dog railings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for group value with Penrice Castle (mansion).

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