Coity Castle

by David Nurse September. 22, 2020 485 views

Coity castle was erected by the knight Payn de Turberville at the end of the 11th century during the penetration of south-eastern Wales by the Norman conquerors.

Payn de Turberville was one of twelve Knights (known as the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan) who had accompanied Robert Fitzhamon on his conquest of Glamorgan.

The Welsh ruler, Morgan ap Meurig (Morgan Son of Meurig), not being well enough to fight, offered to marry the Norman’s daughter. Payn accepted the offer and became Lord of Coity.

The castle was built in the form of an earth and timber ringwork fortification.

In around 1180, the castle was rebuilt from timber to stone by another heir of Coity, Gilbert de Turberville

In 1384 the lordship and the castle passed to Sir Lawrence Berkerolles.

He made substantial reinforcements to the castle which resisted the sieges during the Welsh rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr in 1404 and 1405 but in doing so took much damage.

From 1584 to the early 18th Century when it was still partly inhabited, it was owned by the Sydney family, however when Barbara Gamage married Sir Robert Sydney, Earl of Leicester they took up residence in England and the castle had fallen into ruin by the mid 18th Century

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Gethin Thomas 8 months, 1 week ago

Great photos, all the better for being black and white, works really well. I am amazed I have never heard of Coity Castle.

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G B 8 months, 2 weeks ago

wow! fascinating set! You can almost feel the energy of those earlier times +1

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The black and white makes this post more interesting to me! Thanks for the great shots and narrative David

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David Nurse Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you liked the B/W I took a long time to decide.

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John Durham 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Love the photos and the history lesson - keep 'em coming!

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David Nurse Replied to John Durham 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for viewing and the comments.

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Adrian Morris 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice set of pictures. Interesting information.

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David Nurse Replied to Adrian Morris 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you.

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Berckmans Peter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow, very good and I love the edit. The strong contrast, bordering on a straight B&W. Would be good pictures for Halloween.

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David Nurse Replied to Berckmans Peter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for you comments Peter, It means a lot. I have admired your monochrome photos for some time now.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to David Nurse 8 months, 3 weeks ago

You have a cool edit there, make it your own. Always a pleasure.

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