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Angle Tower House

Pembroke

A late 14th century tower house in the village of Angle is unique in Wales, the style of building being much more common in Ireland.

It was a fortified home for the Shirburn family, the local lords of the manor. The need for fortification is a little puzzling, as South Pembrokeshire was relatively peaceful at this time. Perhaps the family were concerned about the growing tensions with France or Owain Glyndwr's uprising in north Wales. Itís also possible that Angle was prey to pirates sailing up the tidal inlet from the Milford Haven waterway.

The 9m tall tower, which at one time was surrounded by a moat, is three storeys high. The living quarters were on the upper levels, each with its own fireplace, connected by a spiral staircase in the corner. The vaulted ground floor room was probably used for storage. The main entrance was at first floor level, via a drawbridge which must have rested on a freestanding ramp or steps. The roof of the building has been removed, but the corbels around the upper rim suggest that the tower once had a parapet.

Close to the tower house is a medieval dovecote, recently restored, which would have kept the Shirburns supplied with a plentiful supply of fresh meat.

The tower house, which is privately owned, has been leased to the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority which recently oversaw the restoration of the building. It is usually open, but if not, ask at nearby Castle Farm for the key.


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Angle Tower House, Pembroke

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SM866030

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From Pembroke take the B4320 to Angle

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Usually open,  if not, ask at nearby Castle Farm for the key.

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Free admission

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