At last the scaffolding has been dismantled – and the new restrained, muted, grey and black colour-scheme of Penarth’s town centre pub, the St Fagans Castle, has been revealed.
Today the finishing touch was being applied – an original portrait of St Fagans Castle , rendered in black on the wall adjacent to Glebe St.
This was no photographic transfer and plastic applique.
It’s a freehand painting carried out in black paint on the grey wall – and rendered entirely by hand by expert sign-artist Dean Glossop of S.R. Signs.
Dean said he was just using the picture of St Fagans on the new projecting signboard nearby as the guide for his wall-painting.
For those who can’t quite remember what the old St Fagans colour scheme was like – here it is:-
The St Fagans Castle pub is one of what were – in 1868 – a total of only three buildings in the whole of Windsor Road.
The other two were the Police Station and the Windsor Hotel (now “The Windsor“).
The St Fagans Castle pub is named, of course, after St Fagans Castle itself, which was then one of the many homes of the Windsor family – the dynasty which created Penarth.
The Penarth Windsors had had their name adopted by the British Royal family (real name Saxe-Coburg) who in 1917 wanted to seem less Germanic and more English than they really were.