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Castle Arcade, Castle

Description: Castle Arcade

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 May 1975
Cadw Building ID: 13661

OS Grid Coordinates: 318086, 176400
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4801, -3.1797

Location: St Mary St, CastleCardiff CF10 1BY

Locality: Castle
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF10 1BY

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Listing Text

L-plan arcade with entrances in Castle Street (opposite entrance to Castle) and High Street (opposite High Street Arcade).

Plans approved 1887.


Entrance block in Dutch Renaissance style. Painted front of three storeys plus attic in shaped gable with pinnacles. Two casement windows to attic. Four window front articulated by pilasters; casement windows with elliptical heads. On ground floor, below fascia, entrance to arcade flanked by shops. (Numbering of arcade shops begins at High Street).
Roof of single span with glazed infill; wood framework with scalloped edges. 2 and 3 storeys with galleried arcades of wood with 2nd floor overhanging. L-shaped east-west wing running from High Street (with nos 2-18 (even) on North Side and nos 1-25 (odd) on South side). Joined by North-south wing running into Castle Street (with nos 20 to 44 (even) on east side and nos 25 to 49 (odd) on west side). East-west wing (see above) and North-south wing to south of no 35 of three storeys. 2nd storey windows of differing widths, with upper parts of lights round-headed; flanked by pilasters. 2nd floor overhangs, supported on wooden brackets. Ground floor projects forward also surmounted by wood balustrade; shop fronts. East-west wing with 2 foot bridges at first floor level with ironwork balustrade decorated with an ivy leaf motif. East end of arcade marked by a tall rectangular panel with glazing bars and set within a round-headed arch. In north-south wing and level with no 35, a footbridge. To north of no 35, arcade of 2 storeys only with wooden oriel windows on first floor (6 on west side and 7 on east). North wall of arcade with 2 sash windows with glazing bars on first floor and a round-headed sash window just below apex of roof.

Reason for Listing
Graded II* as finest of Cardiff's Victorian arcades.


This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

L-plan arcade with entrances in Castle Street (opposite entrance to Castle) and High Street (opposite High Street Arcade).

Source: Cadw

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