Oxwich Castle is not really a castle nowadays. The present building was erected in two phases during the sixteenth century, as a luxury home for a wealthy family, with a few fake defences. Nevertheless, it seems that there was a military castle here before that. A record exists of the castle being owned by one Philip Mansel in 1459 and historians believe that his ancestors had come to the Gower Peninsula with the Normans. The manor was in the hands of a family called de la Mere until the thirteenth century when it came to the hands of the family of de Penrice, from nearby Penrice.
In 1410 the castle passed into the hands of the family mainly associated with it — the Mansels. This was when Sir Hugh Mansel got hold of the lands of Oxwich, Penrice and Port Eynon on the Gower Peninsula through his marriage with the heiress of the de Penrice family, which was the basis of the family's subsequent prosperity.
Published 2016 / 8 pages / ISBN 978-1-8576-414-6
Size 150mm (w) x 210mm (h) Welsh language
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