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Penmark Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Rhoose (Y Rhws), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4113 / 51°24'40"N

Longitude: -3.355 / 3°21'17"W

OS Eastings: 305859

OS Northings: 168898

OS Grid: ST058688

Mapcode National: GBR HP.QBV0

Mapcode Global: VH6FH.SSQH

Entry Name: Penmark Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3362

Cadw Legacy ID: GM229

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Rhoose (Y Rhws)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a castle, dating to the medieval period. Penmark is a substantial 13th century castle. A round tower stands to second floor level and a stretch of hugh curtain walling of the inner ward runs southwards from it. Fragmentary remains of other parts, with a large outer ward to the west. The castle was held by the de Umfreville family and then by the Bawdrips.

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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