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Fonmon Castle

Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales
ST 047 681

Photographs kindly provided and copyrighted by Mike Baker
http://www.bakerlite.co.uk/index.htm

Fonmon is one of the few medieval castles which is still lived in as a home. It was built by the St. John family in the early 13th century and has changed hands only once. Although most of the present castle dates from the post-medieval period, the rectangular keep was built c.1200 and is still the core of the castle. One of Fonmon's surviving towers may also be medieval in date. In later centuries the castle was enlarged by adding wings to the medieval keep.

The St John's eventually moved to Bletsoe in Bedfordshire while a cadet branch of the family moved to Highlight in Glamorgan. In 1656, during the English Civil War Fonmon was sold to Colonel Philip Jones, a direct ancestor of Sir Brook Boothby, the present owner.

The Castle has many splendid areas open to visitors, including, the gardens, the hall, the drawing room, the library, and the kitchen. Fonmon Castle is available throughout the year for a wide variety of events, both outside in the extensive gardens and inside with its wealth of history and stunning Georgian interiors and is a licensed venue for weddings.

   

References:
Mike Salter, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan & Gower, Folly Publications, 1991.

 


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