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School historic helps finish castle quest.

Byline: Louise Day

NEARLY 600 years after Coity Castle was besieged by Owain Glyn Dwr, a group of Bridgend school children has helped to recreate it.

Although their version is just 3ft in length and entirely made from cardboard and wood, the model is based on historical accounts of how the Norman castle would have looked in the 16th century. The three-dimensional replica took just five weeks to complete and was created by James Littleford, of Bridgend, with the help of year five pupils at Tremains Junior School, Brackla.

It now forms one of the focal points of the school's entry into this year's Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative, which encourages pupils to take a greater interest in their local history.

Mr Littleford, who is a governor at the school, said: ``The model of the castle is based on what we thought it would have looked like in the 16th century.

``The school is taking part in a Welsh heritage award scheme and they have abook about the castle with an artist's impression and a ground plan of it.

``It was the first time I'd had a go at anything like this but the children helped to measure and cut the corrugated cardboard and wood and they were able to see it at different stages.''

The model is part of the school's study of Coity Castle, which is famed for coming under attack from Welsh nationalist Owain Glyn Dwr in 1404.

Headteacher Jane Williams said: ``The pupils have looked at dif-ferent castles and lifestyles from the Normans through to the local Lords of Glamorgan in history, English and art.

``The pupils were also asked to make their own castles at home which have been fantastic. They have really, really enjoyed it and with the cross-curricular element they have been able to see it all coming together.''

Some of the pupils' work will now be judged as part of this year's Welsh Heritage School Initiative.

And later this year the children will be able to see a full scale re-enactment of Owain Glyn Dwr's siege of the castle in 1404, organised by the Coity Village Association. The event on June 22 and 23 will feature a battle in the castle grounds, knights on horseback and falconry displays.

Keep reading the Echo's Bridgend edition for more information about what promises to be a very popular occasion.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 14, 2002
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