PENCOED CASTLE, Llanmartin, Gwent 1997

PENCOED CASTLE, Llanmartin, Gwent
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At its core this is a small medieval castle, enlarged and grandiose, but after 1750s the house began its slow decline with much work left incomplete and further restoration abandoned after a fire in the mid 1950s.

Many uses have been proposed, even a theme park, but it remains ever derelict but not yet beyond repair. It is made up of a vast range of rooms and extensions but Pencoed was a surprising find, not due to its size or castle/house-like features but more due to its prime location and the fact it is empty, unused and quickly deteriorating. Large gate house stands imposing before the house.



Pencoed 1997


Pencoed 1997


Pencoed 1997


Pencoed 1997


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PENCOED CASTLE, Llanmartin, Gwent 1997

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Photo comment By Dennis Morgan: I am a direct descendant of Sir Thomas Morgan, Wondering if you can tell me what the current condition of the Castle is in ?
Photo comment By morgan ferris: we live next to the castle in the old farm house, the castle is in a terrible state has metal screens over the doors and windows, and is home to tousands of birds and not much else, apparently there are plans to renovate and make apartments in the castle, and the old barns, but when this is likely to happen in the present climate is anybodies guess,
Photo comment By Andrew Brown: Hey, I'm a descendant of Sir Thomas Morgan also, would like to come visit the castle someday soon, either this summer or next summer. Do you know who the current owners are? Morgan Ferris; please E mail me at andrewbrown1967@hotmail Thanks! Andrew
Photo comment By Yvonne Powell: I used to play in the castle as a child in the 1960's. The castle was owned by the father of a school friend of mine called Sally Williams. The family lived in a bungalow to the side of the castle; Mr Williams farmed the land and the castle was used to house thousands of chickens. At the time, I believe one of the rooms above the keep was habitable and lived in by a farm hand. I clearly remember when going up to the top to look over the battlements, that this area always struck me as being very new and unused. Perhaps this was why I always believed the story that the castle had never been finished because it was built for the daughter of the Lord of the Manor, who, when she had married beneath her, was disowned by her family. The story was that this broke her father’s heart and he could never bring himself to complete the castle. Whether this was the case I don’t know, but to a twelve year old, this romantic story was very believable.
Photo comment By Alison Driscoll: Hi Paul I live in one of the flats next to the castle and I am sure I have previously seen a black and white photo of the gatehouse in the winter. I thought it had some spooky trees, can you contact me to confirm what photos you have that I could buy? I am particaulrly interested in black and white. Thanks Alison Driscoll
Photo comment By Michael Mason: My mother is Mrs.Gladys Morgan from Morgan in Clarendon, Jamaica. A decent from the slaves on Morgan's Sugar plantation Estate in Morgan, Clarendon in Jamaica. I will be coming to Wales to visit the Castle and Mr. Pennants Family's Castle near Bangor in Wales. A town is also named after him in Clarendon where my Dad purchase land in Calrendon. I will also be going back to the Morgans's estate in Jamaica to claim a piece of land which my family worked on. I know the owmers of the land. My Dad is Mr. Elijah Mason who married Mrs. Morgan Michael Mason
Photo comment By pip van Renswoude-Davies: It has been a nice suprise to find so much about this wonderful bit of archetcture on the web. I first came accross the castle some twenty-five years ago while living and working in the area. I have since qualified as an Historian (admittedly in a different epoch to 1300 - 1700's) but would be very interested in looking around the castle if possible (hard hat included, of course!)and recording what is there before too much deteriorates.
Photo comment By Peter Morgan: We bought the property off Jim Williams in 2003. We are very keen to keep all the buildings within one ownership, rather than convert and sell off individual bits. There is no way we would consider spliting the castle into apartments it needs to be left as one. We are hoping to do a similar scheme to what we have done at Llancayo Court Usk, with the House being left as 3 rental units, the barns being converted to office's for rental and the Castle as one single holiday let, which would sleep 22, similar to what we have done with Llancayo Windmill. It is likely to be a few years before we start restoration, but in the meantime we do ensure that the roof and gutters are maintained. We need to keep the castle locked up for safty and security reasons as around 20 of the coping stones were stolen just before the purchase. We are quite happy to open up and shown people around if anyone wants a look, email and I'll arrange something in the Summer. To view our restoration of the Windmill type Llancayo & Windmill into Google.
Photo comment By Rob Hardy: I used to go to the castle and collect the unwanted tiny chicken eggs from Mrs Handy 1968-9
Photo comment By bill page: My mother Gladys Pattie Williams lived in the farmhouse by it and Grandfather Williams farmed the land or was caretaker ofthe castle.If you know more detail please let me know
Photo comment By bill page: e mail williampage568@talktalk.com Grandfather Thomas Henry Williams was born c.1850 at Llanmartin and from Castle Farm moved to Eye Hereford then to Overton Shropshire
Photo comment By bill page: eMail address correction to net and it was aunt Margaret Williams there as my mother was born later.Hoping to visit eventually.
Photo comment By Patricia Morgan Bowles: I have loved looking at pictures of Pencoed for years and WILL touch its walls someday! Thank you to all who share their Castle stories.
Photo comment By Sue Williams: No relation to any of the Williams' mentioned in the comments. We spent an interesting hour here this morning but after looking at your photos again realise we weren't brave enough to venture round the back or inside. Thank you for your website it's given us ideas for a few photographic trips.
Photo comment By Miss Laura Gale: Hello Everyone I would love to take some pictures on Pencoed (inside and out) Does anyone know the current owner and how I can get in contact with them. I have tired knocking the door of the neighbouring house twice and no one answers. I would love to get permission to take the photos. Thank you
Photo comment By Denise Llewellyn: My mother, Mary Poyner (nee Price) who is now 90 years old, was a nanny to Martin Hazel (Hazels Haulage) as a young woman. They lived near the sea wall at Goldcliff. Pencoed Castle was at that time owned by Mr. Hazel and they used to travel to the castle by Rolls Royce. My mother said that there were lots of chickens running around.
Photo comment By derek edwards: Would love to photograph Pencoed castle as a project for my club. Gwent Digital Imaging society. Would like to know who to contact. Derek Edwards
Photo comment By jason reynolds: hi i am conducting research and have been looking at your web site just would like to say how wonderful it is. if it would be possible to talk to you about the research i am doing and any advise you can give my no is 07816956980 many thank's jason....
Photo comment By Ed Kaczmarczyk: Moved from Pencoed, Mid Glamorgan to my first teaching job in bristol in 1978. Worked for Stephen Weeks on Penhow as carpenter for little money but would have worked for nil just to be part of Penhow's beauty and heritage. Was highly amused to discover a Pencoed Castle so close to Penhow where I lived at first, commuting every day to teach in Bristol. Stephen did his best to get Pencoed castle but it was never to be. I honestly believe he could have made Pencoed great again.So the outpost Pencoed castle, is to become a glorified hostel. Oh how fate can twist the knife,--Ed Kaczmarczyk ----Ps, if you will allow nobodies like me to visit and photograph what exists prior to conversion, please contact me on on my Email. Yours respectfully, Ed K
Photo comment By Kevin Symonds: Hi Peter Morgan first would like to say what a wonderful looking castle. Even now it still displays the richness of the architecture is stunning. I would like to ask you if I could contact you directly about a request if you would allow me. I look forward to hearing from you with kind respect Kevin
Photo comment By Kevin Symonds: Hi Peter Morgan first would like to say what a wonderful looking castle. Even now it still displays the richness of the architecture is stunning. I would like to ask you if I could contact you directly about a request if you would allow me. I look forward to hearing from you with kind respect Kevin
Photo comment By peter waters: My late father, Richard Ponting Waters (cousin of Martin)used to play there and be dangled by his ankles from the battlements in the 1940s!
Photo comment By Gray Noonr: I came across this wonderful building today while on a bike ride with my dog, I took a few photographs, but didnt want to get to close as I could see that the two buildings either side where inhabited so didnt want to disturb anyone my wife and I would love to have a look around if that would be at all possible.
Photo comment By Gray Noonr: I came across this wonderful building today while on a bike ride with my dog, I took a few photographs, but didnt want to get to close as I could see that the two buildings either side where inhabited so didnt want to disturb anyone my wife and I would love to have a look around if that would be at all possible.
Photo comment By Jodi Christie: Hi I am a descendant Of Sir Thomas Morgan, and I have been doing a family history on my grandmothers side. After she died I took over. I was wondering is the castle still in the Morgan name, and if so do you have any other pictures that i can see that would help me with the ancestry. Thank you Jodi Christie
Photo comment By Rae Nell Krusen: I hope to visit Pencoed castle someday. I was delighted when I discovered the pictures and it was what I had been looking for for years because of a recurring dream I've had. I was a young girl in a dark riding dress...walking up to the equestrian barns where I mounted a large black horse that I was riding side saddle. I remember going riding and jumping the hedges and riding the green fields behind the castle. When I rode back I turned and could see the house between the barns and the castle...but always woke up before I saw the castle. The only part of the castle I remember in one dream was standing on the battlement and looking out over the fields that I had ridden over. I am a descendant of the the Morgans of Wales...I am not sure if they are these Morgans or not. I would like it if you could contact me and give me more information about who I can contact so I can see this castle when I visit. I hope that will be in the next year. my email is doterralv@gmail.com
Photo comment By M Lloyd: I was so pleased to read the history and comments on Pencoed as it supports my childhood memories! In about 1952/53 i kived at Llnanmartin and I clearly recall my other going to help someone living in a cottage next to the castle. Whilst she was working I used to wander around the ruined hall and remember playing with old cannon balls which were lying around. i'm so pleased that there are no plans to let someone turn the castle into modern flats
Photo comment By Dana Nixon: Also a direct Morgan descendent and would love to visit. Peter Morgan, can you send me your email for correspondence? Thanks so much. It would be really exciting to see the area.
Photo comment By Annie: I am a desendent of the Morgan family that owned Pencoed once, my Daughter & I visited the Castle in 1998, it still feels unreal, would love to visit again

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