Llanilid Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameLlanilid Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityRhondda Cynon Taff
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan
CommunityLlanharan

A well-preserved ringwork defined by a bank measuring internally 30m (E-W), slightly more N-S, counterscarp bank to W. The interior is 4m higher than external level (1.3m above N and S). Located on the highest point of a glacial hillock needing only scarping, levelling and the addition of the ring-bank. (Coflein)

Steeply scarped mound with a peripheral bank, a fragmentary ditch & counterscarp. There is no trace of an associated bailey, or any stonework. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Llanilid Castle, two miles east of Pencoed, is a good example of a 'raised' ringwork. The surrounding ditch is crossed by an entrance causeway facing the old parish church. The Norman castle was probably raised by the St Quintin family, who held the manor until 1245. No stone walls ever replaced the wooden palisades, and the Siwards moved to a moated site nearby. (Pettifer, 2000)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS977813
Latitude51.521541595459
Longitude-3.47473001480103
Eastings297770
Northings181320
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 239 (listed)
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 98
  • Salter, Mike, 1991, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan and Gower (Malvern) p. 75 (slight)
  • < >RCAHMW, 1991, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 1a: The Early Castles (London: HMSO) < > CR12 p. 107-10
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 165
  • Hague, D.B., 1971, in Pugh, T.B. (ed), Glamorgan County History Vol. 3 The Middle Ages (Cardiff) p. 442
  • Randall, Henry John, 1961, The Vale of Glamorgan, Studies in Landscape and History (Newport: R.H.Johns Ltd) p. 77

Journals

  • King, D.J.C. and Alcock, L., 1969, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 3 p. 90-127
  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124