Commanding an outstanding setting perched on the saddle of two hills, Llantrisant's splendour lies in its enchanting beauty and celebrated past.
The glory of what was once a magnificent hilltop fortress, like a dominant city from Biblical times, was crowned by its medieval castle and fine parish church. Those landmarks still exist, surrounded by a cluster of homes, which cling precariously to the steep slopes, scattered throughout the town's charming, cobbled streets.
"The situation of Llantrisant, which fills with its white buildings the lofty pass between two craggy peeks, excites some curiosity and surprise. The ascent is steep, but prospects become more and more striking as you advance, till on gaining the churchyard you comprehend the magnificent whole at one view.”
Rev. B.H. Malkin of Cowbridge, 1817
Llantrisant was one of the most strategically important Norman strongholds in South Wales and, as such, has witnessed a colourful history.
Today, many of its landmark buildings stand as a testimony to a turbulent history, boasting a tradition of fierce battles, ancient customs, and notorious characters from eccentric druids to captured kings of England.
The vision of the town was once compared to that of Jerusalem by a visiting missionary. It’s from Matthew (Chapter 5) which reads, “A City That Is Set On An Hill Cannot Be Hid” that Llantrisant takes its motto.
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