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Llambethian Castle (St Quentins)

Originating from the early 12th century, the visible structure of Llanblethian is from early 14th century. The site overlooks the River Thaw set on a steep spur. There are remains on a stone curtain wall with a massive twin towered gatehouse, a corner tower and ruined keep. The gatehouse was used as a prison in the 16th century, but was in ruins by the 18th century. The castle itself is rectangular in shape but the lack of an inner bailey proved to be a weakness that limited its usefulness and longevity as a fortress.

History of Llambethian Castle

1102 - Robert Fitzhamon, the first Norman Lord of Glamorgan bequeaths the lands of Llamblethian as a lordship to Herbert de St Quentin, who sets about the building of a timber ringwork castle, defended by banks and ditches.

1233 - Richard Siward seizes the lordship from the Fitzhamon's.

1245 - The powerful and influential Marcher Lord Earl Richard de Clare seizes Llamblethian from the Siward's, along with swathes of South Wales. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent  https://castle-finders.co.uk