Margam Castle in Talbot, Wales, is a site that’s been inhabited for over 4000 years. It was an abbey during the 11th Century. However, the Gothic-styled castle you see today was built as a country house during the 19th Century. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot commissioned the build, which took from 1830 to 1840 to complete.
The Talbots lived here until 1941, when it was sold to David Evans-Bevan, who subsequently found it too large to live in and moved out, hoping to find a public organisation to take over the castle. He failed to find a buyer, and it fell into disrepair. The local authority owned the castle for a time, but it was not open to the public. Then in 1977, a fire ravaged the majority of the building, and it was only after this that restoration work finally began in earnest.
Today, Margam Castle is a Grade I listed building and is under the ownership of the Neath Port Talbot Council.