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Llanilid Castle

Glamorgan, South Wales

Adrian Pettifer

Llanilid Castle, two miles east of Pencoed, is a good example of a 'raised' ringwork, consisting of a low, circular mound with a tree-clad rampart around the summit. The surrounding ditch is crossed by an entrance causeway facing the old parish church. The Norman castle was probably raised by the St Quintin family, who held the manor until 1245. No stone walls ever replaced the wooden palisades, and the Siwards moved to a moated site nearby.

Welsh Castles
Boydell & Brewer Ltd., 2000
ISBN: 0 85115 778 5

Adrian Pettifer has a degree in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of Birmingham, and has long been a keen visitor of historic monuments, concentrating primarily on castles, abbeys, churches and ancient sites. He is the author of English Castles (1995) and Welsh Castles (2000), published by Boydell and Brewer, gazetteers intended to provide a concise history and description of every masonry castle and the more substantial earthworks. He can be reached via e-mail at: AdrianPettifer@msn.com.

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