About Oxwich Castle

Oxwich Bay Castle; a hilltop fortress haunted

Rising from ruins of early Tudor times,

It’s appearance more of a fortified stately home;

A magnificent mansion it was.

It was built to impress the influential.

Made from the treasures of shipwrecks there.

Rising on the site of an earlier fortification.

With a castle gate bearing of innocent blood,

A scene of a once mortal battle.

The daughter of Sir Mansel who’s grief is bared.

Men Fighting over lost stolen treasures there.

Barrels of wine from France; and the like;

Pots, pans, fancy dress and mustard seed.

Fighting were two of the Gower’s families;

The Mansel’s and the Herberts; disputing

When Sir Mansel’s daughter appeared,

Her aim was to the resolve,

Sir Mansel, it was her innocence he feared.

Over the stolen booty Sir Mansel held.

Refusing the real owner to reconcile or detour,

A feud engaged over this stolen treasure,

But there within the Mansel household,

When his daughter appeared at the gate amure.

Caught in the fire; for it was too late,

There was no peace to be made

As Sir Mansel refused to negotiate.

For the booty was Herberts stolen from the sea,

And it was not to be had; not owned by he.

Miss Anne was killed for the treasures taken,

She was met by a miss thrown stone.

A Stone was meant for Sir Mansel himself.

Instead of gain; his daughter struck lain.

An innocent life; Miss Anne was gone;

Sir Mansel, her life was lost; he grieved in pain,

Bereaved for what he had exchanged;

A shipwrecked treasure feigned,

All for the life of his daughter he gave.

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From the shores of Oxwich Bay the Mansel family found many an opportunity to gain advantage of their location to the beach were the first to plunder lots sailing ships that wrecked near the rocks at Oxwich Beach.

However, such eager salvaging brought disaster upon the family when, in 1557, Sir Rhys Mansel took possession of the riches from a certain French trading ship that had come to grief off Oxwich Point during a gale.

The salvage rights to this vessel, to some extent, also belonged to a Sir George Herbert, one of the most important and powerful men of Swansea at the time, and he and his men soon descended upon Oxwich Castle.

Fearing an ensuing argument, between Herbert and his men and Mansel and his own, would turn bloody, when Sir Rhys Mansel’s daughter, Anne, rushed outside the castle to intervene and reconcile the two sides.

However, as she intervened, she was struck by a stone thrown which resulted in her death six days later.

References from:

http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/oxwichcastle/?lang=en

Oxwich Castle 





Sir Rice Mancel was the owner Oxwich Castle, near the treacherous Oxwich Bay. He found ways to gain advantage of their proximity to the beach so he built the castle on the hill with the view out to sea and bay. 

He plundered the treasures of numerous sailing vessels that wrecked themselves on the coast there. Basically Sir Rhys Mancel was a pirate. 

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However, such eager salvaging would brought disaster upon him when, on 27th December 1557. 

Sir Rhys Mansel took possession of the riches from a certain French trading ship that had come to grief off Oxwich Point during a gale.


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The salvage rights to this vessel, belonged to a Sir George Herbert, one of the most important and powerful men of Swansea at the time… 

Sir George and his men descended upon Oxwich Castle forcibly arguing their rights on the cargo on the ship.


An ensuing argument, between Herbert and his men and Mansel would turn bloody. Sir Rhys Mansel’s daughter, Anne, rushed outside the castle to plea for resolution between the two sides. 





However, as she intervened, she was struck by a stone thrown by Sir George’s angered servant and fell to the ground bleeding from her head. 

This episode resulted in her death six days later.





Sir Mansel, took his case to the Star Chamber, which imposed heavy fines on Sir George and his men for the death of Anne.


Mansel was ordered to return the salvaged goods and to repair all damage caused. Additionally the servant stood trial for his part in Anne Mansel’s death.





However, as far as the Mansel family were concerned justice had not been done. But the court decided to pardon the stone-throwing servant. 

Sir George craftily avoided paying his fine, as he decided to put all his possessions into trust with his wife as beneficiary. 





By the time of his death in 1570 he had managed to avoid paying the sum owed. The bitter feud between the Mansels and the Herberts lasted for many years. 




Oxwich Castle was abandoned by the Mansel family in the late 16th century for their new residence at Margam. 

The building was leased out to tenant farmers who inhabited the smaller south wing. 

The large east block of the castle fell into ruin.

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References

http://CADW.com

http://CastleWales.com

https://books.google.co.uk/books

http://memim.com/rice-mansel.html