112 pages, 250 illustrations (plans and black & white photographs)
This book is a comprehensive guide to the history and architecture of over 70 castles and fortified houses dating from the late 11th century to the 16th century in Gwent (Monmouthshire), Glamorgan and Gower. It is a 2002 second edition of a title originally published in 1991. Following an introduction describing the development of fortified buildings in these areas are three gazetteers illustrated with many plans and photographs. Lists at the end of each section give summary information on about 60 other sites, including numerous motte and bailey or ringwork castles which only ever had earth and timber defences. The gazetteer entries also described medieval town defences.
Similar volumes are available at £5.95 each for North Wales and South-West Wales. The Mid Wales volume is out of print.