In September AVE Services travelled to the West of Wales to Margam Castle for a hire for Mercedes Benz of Cardiff. In the beautiful settings of the castle in the orangery the dealership had a display of their working vehicles available to businesses and trades people. This ranged from their smallest van to the largest lorry. Along with the vehicles on display the Cardiff dealership had setup a coffee station, meeting rooms and product information stations.
Just a bit about the castle:
This 19th Century Tudor Gothic Mansion was designed by the architect Thomas Hopper for Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
The house was built in 1830 – 40 at a cost of £50,000 using sandstone from nearby Pyle quarry. Listed Grade I as a mansion of exceptional quality, the Castle has some spectacular features such as the vast staircase hall and octagonal tower.
One frequent visitor to Margam was Talbot’s cousin, Henry Fox Talbot of Lacock. A pioneer photographer, he succeeded in taking one of the earliest photographic views which clearly shows the corner of the south west façade.
Until 1942, the Castle and estate remained in the ownership of the Talbot family when it was acquired by a local landowner, Sir David Evans Bevan, and in 1974 by the County Council, the present owners, when it was of ruinous state.
A disastrous fire in 1977 gutted the interior. An ambitious restoration programme was embarked upon, much has been achieved and the programme continues.
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