Coity Castle, which dates back to the twelfth-century, will be partially closed for the rest of year, as conservation work begins to restore and protect the medieval site.
The castle, located in southern Wales, was built by Sir Payn de Turberville in the first half of the 12th century, with additions made in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is now under the care of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government, and they have begun a three-year conservation project, which will make use of traditional building materials and techniques to help restore the castle.
The project will include various aspects of conservation work, including repointing, structural pinning and the minor rebuilding of sections of masonry, consolidating wall tops, and inserting missing lintels. Detailed records will be taken before, during and after the works to help Cadw get the best possible understanding of the history of the castle and how it evolved over time. This work is part of a £4.25m investment in the conservation and development of sites in Cadw’s care during 2020/21.
The castle grounds will remain open to the public throughout the works, however the main structure of the castle will not be accessible from this month until the end of the year. A number of engagement events will take place, aimed at ensuring the wider village is fully involved in the conservation of the castle, whilst community events will resume in 2021.
Lord Elis-Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in Wales, said, “Coity Castle is a remarkable site, with its vast architectural styles telling the story of its rich history. Cadw’s continued investment in the conservation of Wales’ historic monuments helps preserve the past for future generations to enjoy and communities to cherish.”
Bridgend County Borough Council welcomed the news of the project. Council leader Huw David commented, “Coity Castle has stood for over 900 years, and this project will provide vital conservation work to help, we hope, it stand for many more hundreds of years. It has a fascinating history and is a jewel in the crown of Welsh history.
“It was one of the 12 knights of Glamorgan that helped build the castle and it was besieged by Owain Glyndŵr in the early 1400s so it’s stood the test of time. We are really excited with this investment taking place, ensuring its future for generations to come.”
— Sarah Murphy 🌹 (@sarah4bridgend) February 12, 2020
Top Image: John Lord / Ruins of the keep, Coity Castle / CC BY-SA 2.0