Ogmore Castle

Bridgend, United Kingdom

Ogmore Castle construction might have begun in 1106. It was in use until the 19th century for a range of purposes, including a court of justice and a prison, but is now a substantial set of remains and a local landmark.

The earthworks were steeply banked and oval in shape, enclosing an area of 50 m in length by 35 m in width. The inner ward was flat and constructed of timber structures. After completion of the ringwork, the building material was stone. The windows were round-headed with Sutton stone ashlar. The first-floor great hall had an ornate fireplace.

William's son Maurice is credited with building the oblong keep; it is perhaps the oldest Norman keep in Glamorgan. Situated north of the main gateway, the keep was the first masonry building and was probably built in the 1120s. It is both the castle's tallest surviving building, and one of the oldest buildings in South Wales. Though only three of the original walls survive, their structure is characterized by irregularly shaped field stones, glacial pebbles, Lias limestone slabs, and brown mortar. Thomas de Londres replaced a timber palisade with a stone wall in around 1200.

In the early 13th century, a second storey was added that housed private apartments. Garderobes were featured on two levels and a latrine tower was part of the exterior. A well-preserved lime kiln was built over an indeterminate 13th-century structure. Subsequently, a courthouse dating to the 14th century and rebuilt in the mid-15th century, was probably the third building to occupy the same spot. The building was rectangular in shape with a simple doorway and was flanked by two chambers. Having sustained damage during Owain Glyndŵr's revolt, a new courthouse, situated in the castle's outer bailey, was built in 1454 and was in use until at least 1631.

The present-day castle remains consist of the keep and some outer walls.


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Founded: 1106
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Funki Pickle (6 months ago)
Lovely castle to explore and also a great place to sit and watch people horse riding and people walking across the stepping stones, or in our case when we were there, some idiot in a range rover ? Parking can get very busy at times. Great starting point to take a walk around the area/dunes.
Cymru Jon (8 months ago)
Beautiful castle ruins on the banks of the Ewenny River. The property is looked after by Cadw but is not staffed so you can visit anytime, and it is particularly enjoyable to visit early on a sunny morning. There is a small car park on site and some historical information display boards in the grounds. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
David Harris (8 months ago)
Wandering around Ogmore castle ruins and trails was a lovely chilled out afternoon out for all the family. Strolled around the ruins, crossed the stepping stones and walked the footpaths to the beautiful Merthyr Mawr with its stunning chocolate box thatched cottages. Finished the afternoon with a huge slab of cake at the garden centre in Ogmore village! Perfect! ??
Philip Jones (9 months ago)
Highly rate this castle ruin and surrounding area, I've been coming here for 50 years plus. Parking very limited and caution with the tides as the car park area can get flooded. Great fun crossing the stepping stones, be careful seen many over confident take a dip lol. If you cross the stones it's worth taking the short walk to Merthyr Mawr village a chocolate box come Agatha Christie delight. Back to the castle, great for a picnic the kids can run wild and there's a pub across the road.
Aleena George (10 months ago)
Lovely castle. Good place to visit with kids or friends. Beautiful place is best to capture photographs. We can see horses there at times. I do recommend this calm place .
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