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Do you love castles? Lee isn’t that interested in them but I LOVE them!
Even the most ruined of strongholds fill me with wonder. I love to imagine the type of people who lived there, what they would have looked like when they were at their peak and the reasons behind why they were build on that particular spot.
We live in the Bridgend area of South Wales and are really lucky to have quite a few castles practically on our doorstep, although some are now merely bits of rubble sticking out of the ground. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know a few of them existed until this year, but there are two in particular that we enjoy visiting regularly. Today I want to tell you about Coity Castle.
We regularly drive past the castle and stop in occasionally when we are at a loss for something to do. When they were little the girls used to say that Bampie knocked it down. To be honest, I’m not even quite sure where they got that story, but they were adamant it was true for years!
It is currently cared for by Cadw, is open pretty much all year and is free to visit (like all the best places are). Just a little warning though, there is very limited parking at the entry, but you are able to park around the corner on the main road.
Coity Castle is a Norman castle which was built in around 1100 by Sir Payn de Turberville. It stands where the court house of Morgan AP Meurig once stood and would have originally been a ringwork, an embankment surrounded by a ditch, the original structures were wooden. Most of what is left now dates from around the 1400’s when the castle was rebuilt following the siege by Owain Glyndwr.
Turberville was one of the twelve legendary knights of Glamorgan and it is said that he was sent by Robert Fitzhamon to claim the land around Coity. Not wanting any bloodshed, Morgan offered the hand of his daughter Sarah. They married and there was no war.
This photo was taken way back in March 2014, look how young they all were!
The castle had bit added to it over the centuries and I love how the new doesn’t always match up with the old. Like where some old internal stonework, didn’t quite fit with the newer curtain wall, so they just left it!
O intrigued by the remains of the central octagonal pier for the vaults.This stone staircase has certainly seen better days!The gatehouse leads to a church that dates back to the 14th century. The bridge crosses the ditch from the original ringwork.
Even though we have visited loads of times, we are still discovering new bits that we haven’t seen before! I’m sure there will be many more photographs to come from Coity Castle in the future!
If you are ever passing through the Bridgend area I really recommend paying a visit to Coity Castle. Even if it’s just so the kids can have a run around and a play in the park.
Do you enjoy visiting castles too?