The Bute Mausoleum - St Margaret’s Church, Roath, Cardiff

The Bute Mausoleum - St Margaret’s Church, Roath, Cardiff

12 Jan 2020 - 14:22 BY

The Bute Mausoleum at the Church of St Margaret, Roath, was first built in 1800 to house the remains of the 1st Marchioness of Bute and her son, Lord Mountstuart. It was rebuilt in Gothic Revival style in 1886. The Bute family developed Cardiff into one of the greatest coal exporting ports in the world and transformed Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch

The tombs themselves are remarkable: seven massive granite sarcophagi, of a severely plain design inspired by those of the Imperial family in Russia, and echoed by the tombs of the Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie at Farnborough Abbey. The walls are decorated with mosaic by Salviati of Venice and bandings of beautiful Penarth alabaster. 

The mausoleum is within the body of the church and entirely visible, but an enormous surprise to visitors, who are usually unaware of its existence.   It is an unusual and remarkable place.


Further information

St Margaret’s Church, Waterloo Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF23 5AD

Access: The church is open to visitors on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon.


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