Historic parks and gardens

Historic Parks and Gardens contribute to the setting of historic, listed buildings, and are valued as 'works of art', perhaps by a well known designer, or for their horticultural interest or association with a notable person or event, and as a focus for community identity and sense of place. There is also a growing movement for recognising and cherishing local character and distinctiveness and for working towards a sustainable environment. Historic Parks and Gardens make an important contribution to the environment and we need to ensure that they are recognised, conserved and protected.

They are contained within the Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales, however the register is advisory and has no statutory powers. The aim of producing it is to provide information on historic parks and gardens in order to aid their protection and conservation.

Registered historic parks and gardens in Caerphilly county borough are as follows:

Maes Manor Hotel
Ref No: PGW (Gt) 54
Grid Reference: ST 173 988
Community: Blackwood
Grading: II
Primary reason for grading: Well preserved garden designed by T H Mawson
Type of site: Terraced Edwardian formal garden; walled garden
Main phases of construction: c.1907
www.maesmanor.com

The Van
Ref No: PGW (Gm) 13 (CAE) 
Grid Reference: ST 166 868
Community: Van
Grading: II
Primary reason for grading: Remains of a Tudor walled and terraced garden attached to an important house of the period.
Type of site: Walled and terraced garden.
Main phases of construction: c.1907

Ruperra Castle
Ref No: PGW (Gm) 17 (CAE) 
Grid Reference: ST 219 863
Community: Rudry
Grading: II
Primary reason for grading: The survival on and unusual early Jacobean mock castle of exceptional historical importance with its attendant deer park and structural remains of contemporary formal gardens. The site includes an outlying hilltop mount of great historic interest, which is the site of a seventeenth-century summer house. During the early decades of the twentieth century the gardens were elaborately laid out, with a magnificent glasshouse, still largely intact, as the centrepiece. Type of site: Deer and landscape park; formal gardens and pleasure grounds; site of summer house.
Main phases of construction: 1626-55; 1785-89; 1909-13; 1920s
www.castlewales.com/ruperra

Cefn Mably
Ref No: PGW (Gm) 11 (CAE) 
Grid Reference: ST 223 840
Community: Rudry
Grading: II
Primary reason for grading: Survival of much of the park, woodland grounds and terraced garden of major Glamorgan house, with features dating from the early eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The steep slopes and mature oaks of the southern half of the park form a beautiful setting fort he house and are visible form a wide area to the south.
Type of site: Formal terraced garden; information pleasure grounds; landscape park; walled gardenMain phases of construction: late sixteen century; 1709-35; nineteenth century

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