Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

KENFIG CASTLE


KENFIG CASTLE
Photo ©Paul R. Davis

The castle was built by Robert, Earl of Gloucester, in the early 12th century at the northern end of the walled settlement he started on the banks of the River Cynffig. The castle and town, protected by a bank and ditch, was attacked and destroyed by the Welsh at least seven times in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. In the early fourteenth century the castle was substantially rebuilt, the ramparts being removed and a curtain wall and gatehouse were erected. During the 15th century the site was steadily taken over by sand dunes leading to it being abandoned and sand now covers the town and castle. Parts of the square keep which was 50 feet wide still stand up to 10 feet high.

Excavation of the site was carried out by Time Team in 2013 - Season 19, Episode 8 - "Secrets of the Dunes".


Photo ©Paul R. Davis

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
Off M4 (J37), 6 miles south of Port Talbot

 



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