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Crege Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Craige; Creigiau

In the community of Pentyrch.
In the historic county of Glamorgan.
Modern authority of Cardiff.
Preserved county of Mid Glamorgan.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST08408252
Latitude 51.53415° Longitude -3.32489°

Crege Castle has been described as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


In the 1530s, Leland recorded 'a place 2 miles from Llantrisant by South Est caullid Crege Castelle on the top of an hille, wher som tokens of Buildings yet remayne' adding later that Castellymynach was two miles south of Llantrisant and a quarter of a mile from Crege Castle. Castell y Mynach is at ST08218115. Spurgeon writes "The castle alluded to... may be identified as the anomalous stony earthwork recently discovered to the north of Creigiau, which is the remains of a collapsed medieval watch tower."

The remains of this earthwork may denote the last vestiges of a medieval frontier installation. Its curious dished form might suggest a beacon pit, but its partial quadrangular bank might more probably indicate the last remnants of a former watch tower. The last hypothesis is enhanced by the clear traces of ancient quarrying for Pennant sandstone on the N. side of the site, and by the early accounts of a stone 'castle' in the vicinity. (Coflein)

Spurgeon suggestion of this site is reasonable but not certain. The current remains seem to be pretty scant and even in Leland's time this was ruinous. The actual form and function of this building is not at all clear, but the name and location might suggest a small defensible house, possibly a hunting lodge. The poor quality of remains might well suggest very low quality mortar used or even clay bonded masonry suggesting this was a relatively modest house although with some resemblance to a castle.
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