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Old Place (or Llantwit Major Castle)

A Grade II Listed Building in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4108 / 51°24'38"N

Longitude: -3.488 / 3°29'16"W

OS Eastings: 296609

OS Northings: 169025

OS Grid: SS966690

Mapcode National: GBR HJ.Q7CX

Mapcode Global: VH5HZ.HSDV

Entry Name: Old Place (or Llantwit Major Castle)

Listing Date: 10 September 1982

Last Amended: 16 December 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13286

Building Class: Domestic

Location: About 300m north of the Church of St. Illtud.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Bridgend

Community: Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr)

Community: Llantwit Major

Built-Up Area: Llantwit Major

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Shown on OS map as 'Mansion'.
Built in 1596 by Griffith Williams of Candleston for his son-in-law, Edmund Van. Apparently a single-pile house originally, and given the forward wings, rear stair-tower and forecourt walls in the early C17 soon after 1600. It remained with the same family until 1694, was abandoned as a house in the early C18 and fell into ruins; the interior had been fully dismantled by 1834.

Exterior

Roofless and overgrown ruin of former half H-shaped house; former south-east forecourt enclosed by high walls of stone (listed separately qv). Built of coursed white limestone with neatly squared corners. The site cannot be entered so detailed description is not possible. Dressed stone features do not seem to survive.
Rear elevation not seen at resurvey.

Interior

Not accessible at resurvey.

Reasons for Listing

Included as the ruined survival of a major late C16 house.
Scheduled Ancient Monument No. 137, GLA.

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