posted 06-16-2005 07:55 AM
Taken from "The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan & Gower" by Mike Salter
St. Georges Castle ST 099768
Castle Farm is a 15th century house built by the Malefants on the site of a castle built either by the de Sully family or Sir Walter Fleming who married the de Sully heiress around 1316, and was executed in 1322. The thick west and north walls of the lower storey of the house may contain older work and the north wall overlooks a steep drop to the River Ely. The property was later held by the Herbert Earls of Pembroke.
From the “Western Mail”, 4th June 2005
Chance to be king of castle
The Castle at St. George's is situated about half way between St Fagans and Peterston near Cardiff.
It has had a chequered past and though now in ruins, appears to have been a formidable structure. Its exact date is difficult to pin down, but it is certain that the castle was standing at the beginning of the 14th Century, because in AD 1315 it was fiercely attacked by Llewellyn Bren.
He succeeded in partly demolishing it.
In AD 1400-1405, Owain Glyndwr demolished many castles in Glamorgan, including that of Malefant, St George's. In AD 1540 the castle was described as "decayed", and there is no record of it being restored to its former strength.
The situation of the castle from the point of view of defence is remarkable - it stands on the highest ground in the immediate vicinity. On the east and west sides, the ground falls steeply away, while on the north side the bank descends abruptly to the River Ely. Only on the south side could there be any fears of attack. The castle appears to have been of great size, for the lines of the foundations can still be marked out as they are seen beneath the grass near the modern farmhouse that has been built on the site.
The remains of the old castle are very interesting. The old baronial wall with its dais, the original stone fireplace, and its open timbered roof, are well preserved, showing the care that has been lavished upon them by the successive lords of the manor.
The old hall is on the upper storey, and occupies most of the western half of the building. It is a spacious apartment, 48ft by 20ft and is approached from the western side by an external flight of massive stone steps and on the southern side from the interior. The old hall is now used as a granary and the fireplace is one of the oldest in the country. It is of very early date, and has a hood like those used in early Tudor days.
Near the Castle is the old St George's water mill. This mill was in working order until recent years.
For further information contact W Philip Thomas, Herbert R. Thomas, Cowbridge, on 01446 776370 or for legal advice and contract of sale contact Richard Beech, Beech & Co Lawyers, PO Box 47, The Business Centre, Town Hall Square, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7XW. Tel: 0870 7569952 Fax: 0870 7569954
Castle Farm, St George's-Super-Ely, Cardiff, will be sold by auction on July 5. The guide price is £295,000-£400,000. Viewings will take place this Thursday between 4pm-4.45pm and next Wednesday, June 15 between 1pm-1.45pm. Also Thursday, June 23, from 10am-10.45am and Saturday July 2, 10am-10.45am.