Castle dresser gets new lease of life
A 250 year old dresser that has stood in Cardigan Castle for centuries has been restored thanks to Coleg Ceredigion lecturer Richard Parry-Evans.
Richard, who lectures in furniture restoration at Coleg Ceredigion, spent weeks carrying out painstaking work on the traditional pine dresser which has stood in the kitchen of Castle Green House since 1760.
The dresser was there so long it has left a groove on the flagstone floor. It was removed when the house came into public ownership at the turn of the century, retrieved from sale at a local auction house and finally returned to its rightful home this summer.
“It was in a very sorry state,” said Richard.
“You could see where candles had been left under the shelves creating burn marks and drips of wax on the drawers. It really has had a hard life.”
Castle facilities officer Sue Lewis said; “We are all delighted with the excellent restoration work that Richard has carried out. It is wonderful to have this lovely piece of furniture back where it belongs in Castle Green.”
Pictured are Richard with Coleg Ceredigion Principal Jacqui Weatherburn, Coleg Ceredigion Head of Corporate Services and Cadwgan trustee Non Davies, Castle Facilities Officer Sue Lewis and Cadwgan trustee and town mayor Cllr Clive Davies.