Counsel Tut, Cowbridge

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCounsel Tut, Cowbridge
Alternative NamesCouncil Twt
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan
CommunityCowbridge With Llanblethian

A spread grass covered mound, in the centre of which is a large tree. It has a diameter of 16.0m. Its height is 0.6m on the N, 0.4m on the E, and 0.2m on the W, where the ground has been levelled for a childrens swing. There is no ditch and no indication of its antiquity or original purpose. Apparently natural. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER–now catagorised as a U mound but has been recorded as medieval motte)

Gatehouse Comments

This is a mound in the local council park called Twt Park (Which is near to South Gate). Spurgeon writes this is a low spread mound, entirely natural and outside the line of the town walls. There is no history or tradition of a castle at Cowbridge. References to 'Cowbridge Castle' which occur in the late C15 early C16 records refer to nearby Llanblethian castle (only 600m from the parish church and in direct line on site (from the top of the gatehouse) to Cowbridge), the constable of which was also the mayor of Cowbridge.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

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  • Hopkin-James, L.J., 1922, Old Cowbridge (Cardiff) p. 131-4 online copy


  • 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
  • Hemp, W.J., 1923, 'Review of L Hopkin James' Old Cowbridge' Antiquaries Journal Vol. 3 p. 175-6