Oxwich Tower

Has been described as a Questionable Masonry Castle, and also as a Questionable Tower House

There are masonry footings remains

NameOxwich Tower
Alternative NamesOxwick
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthoritySwansea
1974 AuthorityWest Glamorgan
CommunityPenrice

Remains of the lower parts of a rectangular structure, 13.2m N-S by 8.2m, thought to have been a first-floor hall/tower, set on a rocky knoll, c.80m NE of Oxwich Castle.

It has also been suggested that this structure was associated with the park/gardens of the castle, rather than representing a precursor.

Comparison and contrast might be made with the prospect towers associated with early medieval parks at St Donat's. (Coflein)

Ruin of a large rectangular building measuring 11.4m x 7.2m overall. At the N end, the 1m thick stone walls stand up to 3m high, while only vestiges survive at the S end. Probably represents an early C17 coastal watch tower, when piracy was prevalent. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

There was no point before the C18 when piracy was not prevalent in this area. Suggested as castle tower by Spurgeon.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceSS498863
Latitude51.5560913085938
Longitude-4.16712999343872
Eastings249850
Northings186370
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Journals

  • Spurgeon, Jack, 1987, 'The Castles of Glamorgan' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 13 p. 209n, 222
  • Vyner, B.E. and Wrathmell, S., 1977, Archaeology in Wales Vol. 17 p. 48 no. 95