Malefant Castle, Llanmaes

Has been described as a Possible Tower House

There are masonry footings remains

NameMalefant Castle, Llanmaes
Alternative NamesMalifant; Malefaunt; Malefunt; Llanfaes; Llanuais; Bedford
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan

Ruins of a rectangular building, thought to have been a late-medieval defensible hall or tower. Farmbuildings to the E are suggested to have preserved something of the layout of a medieval court. (Coflein)

The only visible remains of Malifant Castle is an angle (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS981694
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