Angle – tower house

History

   The tower house in Angle was built in the fourteenth century, perhaps by the Sherborne family, although this information is not confirmed. Later, the tower was used as a dwelling for the rector of the village.

Architecture

   The tower was erected on a square-like plan with walls up to 4.5 meters long and over 9 meters high. It had a barrel vaulted ground floor of a pantry function and three residential floors, each with a single chamber with internal dimensions of 3.6 x 3.6 meters. The floors were heated by fireplaces, and on the first floor there was also a latrine, at the eastern wall, in an overhung projection. All floors were covered with flat, wooden ceilings. The communication between them was provided by a spiral staircase located in the corner of the tower, in the protruding rounded wall. Originally, the tower house was surrounded by a moat, and the entrance led through a small drawbridge to the level of the first floor. Defense was also provided by battlement and machicolation crowning the top of the building.

Current state

   The defensive tower house in Angle is a rare and therefore valuable type of building in Wales, although it was very widespread in Scotland and Ireland. It is now a private property, leased by the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority, which recently supervised its renovation. The tower is open to visitors, but you must ask for the key at a nearby castle’s farm.

 

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bibliography:
Website wikipedia.org, Pele Tower, Angle.
Website castlewales.com, Angle Tower House.