This booklet examines the extinction of Welsh kingship in Glamorgan and
the penetration of Deheubarth by the Normans until the death of Prince
Llywelyn in 1282.
The history of Ogmore covers the early Norman penetration of South
Wales and the final campaigns of the Welsh kings of the
district and the battles on the rivers Rhymni
and Camddwr in the
1070's. Ogmore castle was founded probably soon after the
royal expedition to St Davids in 1081, though militarily it was always
to remain something of a backwater. The castle finally saw
action during Owain Glyndwr's rebellion and was partially rebuilt as a
result of destruction caused then.
The London lords are examined at length for their building works at
both Ogmore at Ewenny priory. The main branch of the family
ended in the much married heiress Hawise London who took the castle to
her three husbands from the families of Braose, Turbeville and Chaworth.
The fortress at Ogmore probably slightly pre-dates its brother castle
though it is now much more ruined. Ogmore castle with its early twelfth
century great keep and expanded ringwork masonry defences is studied in
detail and a possible site reversal and late additions explored.
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Paul Martin Remfry