Insole Court - Cwrt Insole

Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LF

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As the family’s industrial concerns went into decline, they also suffered the deaths of Fred in 1917, and his son Claud, just a year later on active service. The house passed to Eric, who lived there with his mother and sister, Violet.

In 1931, Western Avenue was planned and subsequently, Cardiff Corporation bought the entire estate under a compulsory purchase order. The family remained in the house for some time after, before moving away to England.

The Court then had many uses.  During World War II it was an ARP HQ, and housed the Royal Observer Corps and Auxiliary Fire Service.  Post-war, there were self-contained flats and council offices. It fell into disrepair and, despite the excellent restoration of the dining room in 1995, was closed on health and safety grounds in November 2006.

Insole Court in WW2

Fortunately, following a long campaign by the Friends of Insole Court, Insole Estate Residents Association and the Llandaff Society, it was re-opened in November 2008. The Insole Court Trust is now leading the Renewal Project for the community to take over the management from Cardiff Council.

 

Written with material from:  

Insole Court, Llandaff, The Story of a Victorian Mansion

by Matthew Williams, Curator, Cardiff Castle.

 

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Insole Court 1909, copyright Clarkes of Llandaff

The Edwardian period was the golden age with a large staff running the house and gardens, which were filled with many rare and unusual trees, shrubs and plants. There was also a large kitchen garden, orchard, vinery, peach shelter and several hot houses.