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Fancy the life of a Downton Abbey servant?

The servants' quarters at the historic Ruperra Castle, near Caerphilly, are for sale.

The 17th century building, which has a guide price of £50,000, is situated in the grounds of the grade II listed castle.

Paul Fosh, owner of Paul Fosh Auctions who are selling the property, said: “This is unique and historic building with a fascinating history linking it to Newport’s illustrious Tredegar House.

The servants' quarters are up for auction Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

"We are selling half, the left hand side of the staff accommodation at Ruperra Castle, which has a collection of rooms arranged over ground and first floors."

Ruperra Castle, which is not for sale, was built in 1626. Now, after almost 400 years, the castle is little more than a romantic ruin.

Your next door neighbour could be Ruperra Castle Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

Overgrown and now ruined Ruperra Castle, recognised as among the first ‘mock’ castles built in Wales, in its heyday the owners entertained King Charles 1 after his toils at the Battle of Naseby.


Tommy Cooper Society marks anniversary of his death

Money raised by the Tommy Ticker fund has been used to buy two defibrillators for Caerphilly to mark the anniversary of the comedian's death Credit: ITV News

Members of the Tommy Cooper Society presented defibrillators to two public buildings in Caerphilly to mark the 30th anniversary of the comic's death.

The Caerphilly-born comedian collapsed and died on 15th April 1984 after suffering a heart attack during the broadcast of 'Live from Her Majesty's.'

Defibrillators were presented to staff at the New Library at the Twyn and Caerphilly's Tourist Information Centre. They were bought with money from the Tommy Ticker Fund for Defibrillators. A plaque was also unveiled on the Tommy Cooper statue in Caerphilly town centre.

Comedians enlisted to attract visitors to historic sites

Cadw, the Welsh Government's Historic Environment Service, has enlisted the help of comedians Chris Corcoran and Elis James to front its 'Time Travel' campaign this year.

The comedy duo are at Caerphilly Castle today to reveal the first in a series of four films encouraging people to step away from the PlayStation and TV and use their imagination to become time travellers at historic sites this Spring and Summer:

'Suspicious' find of man's body in Grangetown, Cardiff

Police are investigating the 'suspicious' death of a man whose body was found, partially submerged, in the River Taff in Cardiff.

They were alerted after an anonymous call from a phone box in Grangetown. They say he may have suffered a head injury.

In a separate incident a man has died after a fire in a bungalow in the Glenfields area of Caerphilly.

It broke out shortly after 7 last night.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died. An investigation is underway.


Young boy writes to PM over unsuitable video games

A nine-year-old boy from Neath has written to Prime Minister about his concerns over video games for youngsters.

In his letter, Joseph Kempson tells David Cameron he doesn't think there are enough games on the market suitable for children his age.

It comes as a headteacher at primary school near Caerphilly is warning parents across Wales of the possible link between violent video games and aggressive behaviour.

Police appeal to trace family of late Wendy Humphries

Police are trying to trace the family of a Caerphilly woman who died at Prince Charles Hospital on January 21st.

Wendy Humphries, who was 44 years old, lived in Chapel Terrace in the village of Hengoed.

Despite making local enquiries the Coroner’s office has been unable to trace her next of kin.

Anyone who knew Wendy, or anyone who knows of a family member, should contact coroner’s officer Robert Lewis on 01685 724228.

– South Wales Police statement

Woman delivers daughter's baby on Christmas Day

Leah Bennett, with newborn Millie Holly, and proud grandmother Kathy Boucher Credit: James Crichton-Smith/ITV News

A grandmother from Treharris got a special present this year after delivering her daughter's baby on Christmas Day.

Kathy Boucher called 999 when her daughter Leah Bennett went into labour in Nelson, Caerphilly.

But it was too late to get her to the hospital and so the ambulance operator talked Kathy through delivering little Millie Holly.

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