We Check out The Ruins of A 14th Century Castle –
St. Quentin’s Castle
We head down to Llanblethian, in the vale of Glamorgan, to see a 14th Century Welsh ruin called St. Quentin’s Castle!
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Hello people of the internet and welcome to another something vloggy castle road trip part two
This week we’re going to St. Quentin’s castle.
I don’t know anything about it.
No, neither do I.
We’ll find out when we get there.
Arrival at St. Quentin’s Castle
Well, we’ve arrived and as with a lot of these castles, you have to abandon the car in a side street and then wander around to it.
If there’s ever any uncertainty as to whether or not there’s a castle nearby you can always look for a place called Castle Cottage.
There are loads of Castle Cottages. Always near a castle.
It’s also called Castle Hill which is also a dead giveaway.
Oh yeah yeah yeah Castle Hill.
And do you think it might be near to somewhere like I don’t know, maybe just, you know, maybe there’s a big castle nearby?
about the castle
In around 1102 a Lord called Fitz Hammond gave this land to a chappie called Saint Quentin.
Hence the name of this castle.
And it was him who built the first castle, but nobody really knows what kind of construction it was
But it was probably just a ring work with a bank and ditch.
During the 12th century, a rectangular stone keep was built and that sits just behind the gatehouse, and in 1307 the current structure was built.
But before it was finished the architect, the grandson of Richard Declare, Gilbert Declare, was killed before it was finished. So it’s not finished and it’s now in ruins.
I don’t know how far along it got. In its current state there’s not much of it left.
Around the Castle
HThere seems to be a few places that you could go in but they’re shut.
I don’t know when they open.
I don’t know how high they go up, but there are steps leading up to somewhere and I know that you normally would be able to go up them because they’ve got those little men on them that says don’t slip etc.
Say what you like about St. Quentin’s Castle, what
there is of it, is kind of nicely intact.
It’s just there’s not very much of it, and that’s fine you can’t expect all of them to be [Gesticulates Wildly].
It’s quite impressive, in a kind of, there’s not very much of it kind of way.
What it does have going for it which is also kinda nice, is that the area that it’s in is very
‘cos it’s all lots of little cottages and very nice countryside and all that sort of thing.
If you’re doing the rounds, there’s quite a few little castles in the area and some bigger ones,
it’s, it’s worth making sure that you tick it off your little list of castles that you’re going to visit that day.
Some castles, like Kidwelly, they are impressive in their structures and some, like Llanstefan, are stunning with their scenery and their location, and others like this, they’re more like a park.
The nice mix of ruins and wildlife, they just kind of merge together a bit, without anything encroaching, one on the other.
I think this is a nice place if you’re in the area and you just want a picnic then I’d come here because I feel quite chilled now I have to say.
HThis is it for St.Quentin’s Castle. And where are we going next Joey?
Coitey Castle. Which is a good name, isn’t it?
It is. It’s fun to say. Say it with me.
There you go. So that’s where we’re heading next.
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