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Ruperra Castle lower summerhouse remains

A Scheduled Monument in Rudry (Rhydri), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Latitude: 51.5729 / 51°34'22"N

Longitude: -3.1221 / 3°7'19"W

OS Eastings: 322331

OS Northings: 186601

OS Grid: ST223866

Mapcode National: GBR J0.D3DS

Mapcode Global: VH6DV.TQTK

Entry Name: Ruperra Castle lower summerhouse remains

Scheduled Date: 25 September 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4349

Cadw Legacy ID: GM590

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Garden building

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Rudry (Rhydri)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The lower summerhouse of Ruperra Castle is a ruinous small ornamental building dating to the late eighteenth or mid nineteenth century. It was a feature of the landscaping of the Craig Ruperra ridge as part of the grounds of Ruperra Castle and was reached by a network of paths. The ruins consist of the back and splayed side walls of an open-fronted building, probably originally timber clad. The building has a patterned cobbled floor, extending beyond it to the front of the platform on which the summerhouse was built. From the summerhouse there are fine extensive views out across the grounds, overlooking the castle and the landscape beyond.

The summerhouse is of national importance in being an integral part of the ornamental grounds of Ruperra Castle. It has potential to enhance our knowledge of garden buildings of this type and period and of the layout of the grounds of Ruperra Castle.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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