Kings Castle, Canton

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameKings Castle, Canton
Alternative NamesCastell Breiniol
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityCardiff
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan

Spurgeon records 'an ancient and very solidly-constructed house' demolished in 1892 with a tradition of being a castle of de Canetune family. He adds there is no reason to believe this was a fortified structure.

King records a possible castle mentioned by the welsh scholar and forger Edward Williams (Iolo Morgannwg). He does not locate this beyond it being in Glamorgan. Presumably this is the same although Spurgeon does not mention Morgannwg in relation to Canton.

Gatehouse Comments

Whilst it is fairly clear this house, within sight of Cardiff Castle, was not a military fortress it does seem likely the medieval house on the site would have had some martial architectural features.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST170765
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 173
  • Rees, W., 1969 (2edn), Cardiff, a History of the City (Cardiff)
  • Matthews, J.H., 1905, Cardiff Records, Materials for a History of the County Borough Vol. 5 (Cardiff) p. 382


  • Spurgeon, C.J. with Roberts, D.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1999, 'Supposed Castles in Glamorgan; A review' Archaeology in Wales Vol. 39 27-40