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Penmark Castle

Penmark, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales
ST 058 688

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All photographs copyright by Irma Hale

 

Overlooking the 30m deep ravine of the River Waycock north of the church are the remains of a 13th century wall 1m thick around a court 65m long by 47m wide with a more thinly walled 16th century outer court to the west. The moat has been filled in but there are extensive footings on the east side of the court and on the west side are overgrown ruins of a tower 7m in diameter with a rectangular latrine turret to the south and various other structures. Gilbert de Umfraville had a timber castle on this site in the 12th century. In the time of Edward II Oliver de St John obtained the castle when he married Elizabeth Umfraville, the young heiress.

Mike Salter, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan & Gower, Folly Publications, 1991.

 

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