Candleston Castle

Candleston Castle is a 14th.c. fortified manor house, in ruins since the nineteenth century 3⁄4 m southwest of Merthyr Mawr. Candleston's original long and narrow rectangular structure lay across the western end of a low narrow promontory, suggesting a defensive position. The castle is named after the Norman family of Cantilupe, its first feudal tenants.

 

Although prudently built in a defensive position, with substantial walls, it is likely to have been erected during a time of relative peace, since it was built without a tower. That the tower was a subsequent addition is clear as it comprises only 3 new walls built against, but not bonded into, the S. gable wall of the original hall and attached rectangular structure. The tower, containing a solar with a storey above and a vaulted undercroft, was designed to protect the gateway, and was probably erected during a period of political unrest.

Firstly in the 14th.c. the original long rectangular structure comprising 2 chambers and hall with added tower. Secondly 15th.c. alterations to the hall. In 17th.c. a short west wing was added to enclose the main entry to the hall. Finally, c.1800 a stable block was added extending from the E. wall of the tower. The identification and dating of the various phases is assisted by the different mortar types used.

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Although small compared to other castles it is well worth a visit owing to its location just a short distance down the lane from the thatched cottages of  Merthyr Mawr                            Also a great place for the kids as they can play on the nearby sand dunes.

Car parking good however there are no toilet facilities

 

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