Two items about Maesglas Castle, or Castell Glas.

I don’t know where the notes came from, I copied them a long time ago, but the original¬† sources are mentioned.

Poem about the castle from The Worthiness of Wales, published in 1587, by Thomas Churchyard who wrote this during the reign of Elizabeth.

A goodly seat,

a tower, a princely pile,

Built as a watch, or

safety for the soil,

By the river stands,

From Newport not

three mile.

This house was

made when many a

bloody broil

In Wales God wot.

destroyed that

public state;

Here men with

sword and shield did

brawls debate;

Here safety stood,

for many things

indeed.

That sought safe-

guard, and did some

succour need.

The second description comes from Archdeacon Coxe in his Tour in Monmouth written before 1800.

He states that the estate on which the castle stood has passed from the Duchy of Lancaster to the Tredegar family by his date.

He reports substantial ruins near the mound which is all that now remains. These included ‘a gothic entrance’ , several apartments and a building used by the tenant of Greenfield Farm to shelter cattle. Most interestingly the farmer told Coxe that he remembered a ‘stone wall about five feet high parallel to the banks (of the Ebbw) where vessels which could ascend the river used to unload.’

I know that if you delved into the older generation who still in Maesglas, you would find that the farmhouse was the first school and some of them might remember attending it.

 

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