Dunraven Castle

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameDunraven Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan
CommunitySt Bride's Major

A medieval castle replaced by a now demolished Victorian mansion. King writes does not deserve the name castle but does write that possible medieval wall was found at SS886729. Close to an Iron Age Promontory Fort which is partly destroyed by coastal erosion. The 'manor place' recorded by Leland in the 1530's was evidently the building with a first-floor hall drawn by Francis Grose in 1775, and G.T. Clark thought that this incorporated part of of the C12 castle of the Butlers.

A castellated mansion, built from c.1800 onwards, demolished 1962, on site of earlier mansion, described as a 'manor place' in the 1530's, but referred to as a castle, c.1580. Set upon the ramparts of a promontory fort (Nrn300161). (Coflein)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS887728
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