Llangewydd Castle, Laleston

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are no visible remains

NameLlangewydd Castle, Laleston
Alternative NamesLlangenydd
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityBridgend
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan

Castle probably of motte & bailey type. Was probably destroyed between 1202 & c.1218 by the Monks of Margam Abbey - Nothing visible on aerial photographs. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Castle given to Neath Abbey in about 1210. Renn writes destroyed 1202-18. Brown writes "Little is known of this castle which may have been held by a mense lord (of Gower lordship)"

Gatehouse Comments

Probably stood near to the former church of St Cewydd.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS875809
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 254 (listed as destroyed)
  • < >RCAHMW, 1991, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 1a: The Early Castles (London: HMSO) < > VE3 p. 157-9
  • Salter, Mike, 1991, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan and Gower (Malvern) p. 75 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 171
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 355


  • Cowley, F.G., 1967, 'Llangewydd: an unrecorded Glamorgan Castle' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 116 p. 204-6
  • Brown, R, Allen, 1959, 'A List of Castles, 1154–1216' English Historical Review Vol. 74 p. 249-280 (Reprinted in Brown, R. Allen, 1989, Castles, conquest and charters: collected papers (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 90-121) view online copy (subscription required)

Primary Sources

  • Brewer, J.S. (ed), 1873, Giraldi Cambrensis opera Vol. 4 Speculum Ecclesiae; De Vita Galfridi Archiepiscopi Eboracensis sive Certamina Galfridi Eboracensis Archiepiscopi (London: Longman Rolls Series 21) p. 134