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Stormy Castle, Cynnig

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tythegston Higher; Sturmieston; villa sturmi

In the community of Cynnig.
In the historic county of Glamorgan.
Modern authority of Bridgend.
Preserved county of Mid Glamorgan.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS84588153
Latitude 51.52090° Longitude -3.66489°

Stormy Castle, Cynnig has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A degraded circular mound, 35m in diameter and 3.0m high, with a summit diameter of 15-18m. Thought to be the castle of the Sturmis. Geffrey Sturmi founded a vill here, after 1115, on previously uncultivated land. The site was in the possession of Margam abbey by 1166. (Coflein)

Building remains are a mutilated motte with no trace of a bailey. The sheepfold on the N. side has lately been destroyed. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte dating to the medieval period together with an area to the south containing the remains of later settlement with indications of medieval origins. A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, often surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Stormy Castle consists of an eroded circular mound approximately 3.0 m high, 35 m in diameter with a summit height diameter of between 15m and 18m. No trace remains of any ditch. The motte has been disturbed by a hedge bank and by two pits cut into its sides to the north and west. In the area to the south are scarps and grass-grown banks indicating former buildings; finds of pottery indicate occupation during the 18th to 19th centuries. A stone east gable to the southernmost building survives within a later field boundary and appears to be medieval. The motte is believed to represent the land-holding of the Norman lord Geoffrey Sturmi established before 1154 and eventually disposed of to Margam Abbey about 1175. (Scheduling Report)

Fairly remote now but was site of DMV.
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