A quick drive out in the car yesterday saw us in the little village of Llanblethian, Cowbridge, where my need of finding somewhere to photograph outweighed the want of fining somewhere to stop for a spot of lunch. Before i knew it i was off the beaten track and was following tourist information signs. Not knowing where i was going and travelling for a little while up a small farmers lane we came across the remains of a castle, St. Quentins castle.
Around 1102 Robert Fitzhamon, the first Norman Lord of Glamorgan bequeathed the lands of Llanblethian as a lordship to Herbert de St Quentin who is thought to have built the first fortification at the site of the castle. This initial construct was believed to have been a simple ringwork defence with timber walls, a bank and ditch. A rectangular stone keep was built in the late 12th century, whose remains can now be found within the later gatehouse. This keep may have replaced a similar wooden structure.