Cosmeston Medieval Village
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In the late 11th century the Normans pushed into southern Wales, conquering the area of modern Glamorgan. The first Norman lord of Glamorgan was Robert Fitzhamon. One of Fitzhamon's followers was a knight from Cotentin, in northern France. The Costentin family were the first lords of Cosmeston, and the name of the village comes from Costentinsune, meaning loosely 'place of the Costentins).
We do not actually know what the excavated buildings were used for, so what you see today is just a representative version of what a typical medieval village in this area would have looked like. There is a Reeve's Cottage, Barn, and Byre, arranged around a courtyard. These buildings would have been leased from the lord of the manor. The reeve was like an administrator, whose role was to ensure that the village economy functioned smoothly, that crops and fields were looked after, and that villagers abided by the lord's wishes. The Reeve's Cottage is obviously made for a person of high social status in the community.
Regular visitors and school groups can take educational tours of the village from costumed actors, who play the roles of villagers from 1350, including a reeve, swineherd, priest, and carpenter's wife.
About Cosmeston Medieval Village
Address: Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: 1.5 m S Penarth town centre on B4267. Park at Cosmeston Country Park.
Website: Cosmeston Medieval Village
Phone: 02920 701678
OS: ST174 690
Photo Credit: Colin Smith, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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