Black Castle Public House
is a historic building in Junction Rd, Brislington
. It is also known as Arno's Castle.
It was built in 1745—1755 as a folly
sham castle and office, but may have originally been a stable block and laundry for the lord of the manor. The building was probably designed by either by William Halfpenny
or James Bridges
, for William Reeve of Mount Pleasant, now the Arno’s Court Hotel
from which it is now separated by a major road junction. Reeve was a prominent local Quaker
and business man.
It is built from pre-cast black copper
blocks from Reeve's foundry at Crew's Hole
. They were cast from waste, solving the problem of disposing of the large amounts of waste produced by the industry, and made more profit for the brassworks. Reeve went bankrupt in 1775 and his house and business were sold to a member of the Tonge family, who were important slave traders
Much of the freestone carving and dressings are reputed to have come from the city's demolished medieval gateways, and St Werburghs
Church , rebuilt by James Bridges
in 1758—1761. It has been designated by English Heritage
as a grade I listed building
. Arno's Court Triumphal Arch
used to stand in front of the building but was moved in 1912 approximately 100 metres away.
The building is now a public house
and immediately adjacent to the car park of a large Sainsbury