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Wenvoe Castle

In the community of Wenvoe.
In the historic county of Glamorgan.
Modern authority of Vale of Glamorgan.
Preserved county of South Glamorgan.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST120713
Latitude 51.43391° Longitude -3.26759°

Wenvoe Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


No trace survives of the medieval masonry castle or earthworks of Wenvoe Castle, but it is thought highly probable that a 17th century house and a second, 18th century castellated mansion of the same name (PRN 2188s), both now destroyed, stood on its site. The earliest mention of a castle is by Leland in c1536, although because of confusion in his topographical detail, the castle was recorded as sited at Wallston to the north-west of Wenvoe village. Other evidence points to its location to the south of the village, such as a document of 1540 which mentions the distinct settlements of 'Churcheton Winvo' (situated around the church sited in the village) and 'Castleton Winvo' identified as a former hamlet adjacent to the former Wenvoe Castle mansion, destroyed by the construction of a new park in the late-18th century. In 1594 the 'castle and ditches of Wenvoe' were leased from the Herbert family by Edmund Thomas who was to build a house on the site before his death in 1638. When this was replaced by a larger house in 1776-7 by the Birt family, surveyors recorded that the 17th century cellars and gate house may have incorporated fabric from the medieval castle. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

All the buildings… is down saving one tower and broken walls…' (Leland)
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