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that the castle and manor of St. Denewit, or St. Donatt, was apportioned to Sir William le Esterlong, alias Stradling, on the conquest of Glamorgan. The Stradlings, outliving the descendants of all the other twelve Knights, held it for 684 years; but they becoming extinct, the estate fell to Busy Mansell, Esq.
Between St. Donatt’s and Cowbridge is Lantwit, a poor village, but once a large borough town. On the north side of its church are some old British relics, consisting of high carved stones; but whether sepulchral or otherwise is not determined. LLANBITHIAN, or St. Quintin's CASTLE, is situated about half a mile south of Cowbridge. The leading feature of this ruin is a massive gateway, now converted into a barn; which, as well as the other parts, denotes considerable original strength, and is said to have been built prior to the arrival of Fitzhammon. The castle and manor fell to the share of Sir Robert St. Quintin on the division of Glamorgan ; but it passed from his descendants in the reign of
* In this neighbourhood several Roman coins have been dug up, among which were some very scarce ones of Æmi. lianus and Marius. M 2
Henry Henry the Third, and is now the property of Lord Windsor. COWBRIDGE is a neat little town seated on the banks of a small river *.
PENLINE CASTLE, loftily seated on a bold hill, and commanding a prospect of uncommon diversity and extent, is about a mile distant from Cowbridge. From the lines of Edward Williams, a native poet, it may appcar that it serves as a barometer for the neighbourhood : :“ When tlie hoarse waves of Severn are screaming aloud, “ And Penlive's lofty castle's involv'd in a cloud ; “If true the old proverb, a shower of rain
“ Is brooding above and will soon drench the plain." This structure is of very ancient date: in some parts of the building the stones are laid in the lierring-bonc fashion; a mode observed in the oldest parts of Guildford, Corfe, and others of the most ancient castles. The mansion near to the ruin was built by Mr. Sergeant Sey, and is now possessed by Miss Gwinit, by a bequest of the late Lady Vernon's.
* Llancarvan, about three miles from Cowbridge, is said to be the site of a Monastery built by St. Cadocus in the year 500.---Boverton, a village a short distance from Cowbridge in the road to Cardiff, is thought to be the Bovium of the Romans
A retrograde movement, hastily performed in a shower of rain, brought us to BŘIDGEND, a straggling little town, built on the opposing banks of the river Ogmore. From this place a road passes to the village of Coity and its dismantled castle. This ruin stands on a plain ground, and is prettily interspersed with various trees and underwood : its foun+ dation is generally attributed to Paganus de Turbeville, one of Fitzhammon's knights.--The continuance of our ride to Llantrissent boasted little interest; until, making a curve near the seven-mile stone, when the wide undulating vale of Cowbridge exhibited a most extensive tract of beautiful fertility: among the high hills circumscribing the vale, that sustaining Penline castle rose with superior importance. The whole laid out in rich pastures and meadows, continually intersected with tufted inclosures, and enlivened witla embowered hamlets and detached whitened buildings, formed a coup d'æil of considerable interest.
The old town of LLANTRISSENT appeared within a small distance of us, long before we arrived at it: for, perched upon the summit of a high hill of remarkable steepness, it
was only by a circuitous road, then of sufficiently fatiguing ascent, that it could be approached. This place, comprised nearly in one narrow irregular street, and made
of poor Gothic habitations, has so little of modern appearance engrafted on it, that it may be interesting as a specimen of ancient times, but scarcely in any
respect. The castle is nearly all destroyed; the fragment of a lofty round tower, and the vestiges of its outworks, nearly concealed by tangled shrubs, being all the remains of it. The church is a large Norman edifice, and from the cemetery a wonderful prospect is obtained of the surrounding country : although a hazy state of the atmosphere denied us the whole of its extent, enough remained to assure us that it must be considerable.
Pont-y-pridd, or New Bridge,' was our next destination. My companion went forward to secure accommodation at the Bridgewater Arms, a comfortable inn about half a mile beyond it, while I was engaged in sketching some subjects about Llantrissent; at which task I incautiously protracted my stay
“ until th' approach of night,
" And the low sun had lengthen'd ev'ry shade.” As I proceeded from Ilantrissent, cultivation diminished ; and from that fertile and populous district, bordering the Severn, I found myself entering upon the unfrequented wilds of the interior country. It soon became so dark, that I could but just distinguish the broken road that I was travelling; which, although a Welch turnpike, a modern farmer in England would be ashamed to own for his cartway. Not a human face or habitation presented itself, nor any relief from silence, except the uncheering note of the .screech owl. At length, however, the distant murmur of a waterfall saluted me; which, growing louder as I advanced, presently accumulated to a hoarse roar; and, by the direction of the sound, it appeared that I was travelling on a precipice above the torrent A plentiful shower falling at this instant did not add to the comforts of
situation; and I found by the motion of the horse, that I was on a steep descent; while his frequent slides and stumbles proved that