Friday, July 28, 2006

The Significance of Ruperra Castle

The Significance of Ruperra Castle as described by

The Royal Commission On Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales 1981
TO THE QUEEN’S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY. We humbly recommend to Your Majesty’s notice the following monuments as most worthy of preservation….and the following houses now in a state of ruin. Number 29 Ruperra Castle

Cadw : Welsh Historic Monuments
‘The historic environment of the castle associated buildings and park are of exceptional importance. The castle is a scheduled Ancient Monument and as such is of national importance.

Cadw/ICOMOS Register of gardens and Parklands of Special Historical Interest in Wales.
‘The survival of an unusual early Jacobean mock castle of exceptional historical importance with its attendant deer park and structural remains of contemporary formal gardens.’

Ancient Monuments Society
‘Most castles are well cared for but not this one….which is sliding further into dereliction. The Casework Committee was very concerned by a scheme of enabling development.’
‘Ruperra is a test of the Welsh system for the protection of the country’s greatest buildings. If Ruperra is lost or degraded then that test will have been fluffed.’

The Georgian Group comments on the 2002 application.
‘…the setting of Ruperra castle would be significantly damaged by both the number and the location of the proposed new dwellings. It is also clear that the registered landscape would suffer significant harm.’

‘Ruperra castle is a building of national importance to Wales and the whole site deserves care and protection of which the country can be proud.’

Sue Essex AM at a conference held by the National Trust and Cadw in July 2002 : ‘The Historic Environment 0f Wales – an Asset for the Future.
‘This conference offers an important opportunity to recognise and quantify the economic benefits of the historic environment. It is also essential that its relevance to people and its contribution to environmental and community regeneration is appreciated. However we must never forget that the resource is a valuable but fragile asset which must be protected and sustained. ‘

Dr Giles Worsley- Perspectives on Architecture.
‘Ruperra was one of the great Renaissance houses of South Wales. It’s destruction by fire in 1941 was a national tragedy, the neglect of the house and the park that surrounds it a national disgrace.’

Mark Girouard – architectural historian.
‘Anything that Cadw can do to protect the site would be of inestimable value. One does think of Ruperra‘s sister building, Lulworth Castle which has been so lovingly and skilfully restored by English Heritage.’

Professor Malcolm Airs : author of the Tudor and Jacobean Country House January 2003
'It is the most significant building at risk of its period in the whole of the UK and its continued neglect is an indictment of the effectiveness of the system for protecting buildings of outstanding architectural and historic interest.'

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