Tuesday 27 November 2012
White Castle is glorious on a fine day but the thirteenth-century castle’s exposed position also means that wind and weather have taken their toll. A programme of work is underway to repair the damage as well as to improve access to the site.
The first stage, which is nearing completion, has involved the conservation and consolidation of the outer faces of the inner gatehouse towers, where there was loose masonry and defective cement pointing. The repairs and repointing used lime mortar that was carefully mixed to mirror the composition of the original. Similar conservation and consolidation was undertaken on the north-eastern curtain wall. During this work, the masons found fragmentary remains of the original lime render of the castle walls. These remains have since been conserved using specialist techniques.
In addition to this work, weathered wooden fencing around the moat will be renewed in galvanised metal to improve safety and the site’s appearance. Cadw are also replacing the footbridge over the moat and improving access to the inner ward. The existing bridge is suffering from decay, and carpenters from Cadwraeth Cymru, Cadw’s conservation works arm, are making a new bridge that will be assembled on site and rest on the existing stressed concrete supports. The bridge will use a mixture of traditional and modern materials to produce a simple and elegant design with ramps at both ends, providing wheelchair access to the castle’s inner ward for the first time.
So that this work can be completed safely and successfully the castle will be closed until Easter. Cadw apologises for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. Please refer to the White Castle page in the Days Out section of the Cadw website for future updates on the progress of the project. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/whitecastle