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Llanvair Discoed Castle

near Llanvair Discoed, Monmouthshire, south Wales
ST 446 923

Photographs copyright 2002 by Laurie Oliver
& copyright 2003 by Craig Lewis

Mike Salter 1991

In the grounds of a house above the church are the overgrown fragments of a castle probably built by Sir Ralph Monthermer in the second half of the 13th century, on the site perhaps used in the 12th century by Payn Fitz-John. In the late 14th century the castle passed to the Montacutes. It went to the crown after the execution of Margaret, wife of Sir Richard Pole, in 1541, and was sold to Edward Woodward in 1610. He in turn sold it to Rhys Kemeys. Parts of two round towers, a gatehouse and additions of the Tudor period are said to remain but little can now be recognized.

 

Below: prehistoric standing stone near the castle

Additional photographs below of Llanvair Discoed Castle by Craig Lewis

Interior view of castle tower & wall

Long-range view of tower & wall

Additional view of surviving tower

 


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