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Upton Castle

near Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, west Wales

Map link for Upton Castle

Tony Roberts, 1989

Upton is a small castle, a knight's holding from Pembroke on a creek of the Carew River. Upton was actually a fortified mansion but has remarkably strong towers for so small a fortification. It is thought to have been built in the 13th century by the Malefants, a Norman family who held it until the 16th century. The male line died out and in the 18th century it went out of the family altogether. A nearby chapel contains three tomb effigies dating from the 14th century, all thought to members of the Malefant family.

The defensive side, the entrance to the castle, has three round towers with a gate between two of the three. There is also a building that was once apparently a hall. The castle was modernized in the 18th century and today is on private grounds not open to the public.

 

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