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Castell Tal-y-Fan

A Scheduled Monument in Welsh St. Donats (Llanddunwyd), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4851 / 51°29'6"N

Longitude: -3.4113 / 3°24'40"W

OS Eastings: 302098

OS Northings: 177188

OS Grid: ST020771

Mapcode National: GBR HM.KNN7

Mapcode Global: VH6F2.TXFW

Entry Name: Castell Tal-y-Fan

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1982

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3683

Cadw Legacy ID: GM421

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Welsh St. Donats (Llanddunwyd)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a medieval castle situated on a knoll of high ground 3.5km north-east of Cowbridge. It has artificially scarped slopes on all sides save the south, with a wide ditch running around the south, south-west and east. A curtain wall encloses the knoll and would have protected a keep and other associated castle buildings. It was strategically placed to protect the road running north from Cowbridge.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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