Cardiff gets its Moat back
Published: Tuesday 3rd Dec 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Cottage Holidays visitors to Cardiff are sure to visit the stunning castle and beautiful Bute Park in the centre of the city. Marking an important milestone in the £5.6m restoration of the park, the Castle’s outer moat is now being re-flooded.
The watercourse once supplied a corn mill and evidence of local potteries, tanners and metal workers was uncovered when archaeologists excavated the moat, known as Mill Leat, during a restoration project. They found 3,000 items dating back to the 16th Century. Mill Leat contained water until the late 1970s when it was drained, but the restoration has enabled archaeologists to shed light on little known period in Cardiff's history. Artefacts including engraved leather items, a sword sheath, probable Venetian glass as well as pewter spoon and clay tobacco pipe fragments have been uncovered during the recent excavations, and these high-status pieces give a likely link to the former residents of Cardiff Castle during the 16th and 17th Centuries. As well as creating a new freshwater habitat, the re-flooding of the moat will see something from the park’s original character returned, bringing another captivating element of the city’s history back to life.