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In 1978 Archaeologists discovered the foundations of this medieval village and have reconstructed it. It is set as it would have been during the Hundred Years War after the Black Death, about 1350..
The buildings are few but well worth visiting. A guide in medieval dress can be had, but we preferred to wander alone , following a printed guide lent at the Centre.
The largest buildings are the Tithe Barn and the Reeve's house. Another house is beside a beehive. Across the road alongside the Reeve's house is a bakery, another barn, and a byre for the pigs . On the village green is the whipping post, the block for branding and cutting off limbs. There are also the village stocks nearby. Beyond the green is the pasture where rare animals [sheep] graze. A large cockerel was also somewhere around.
Some of the doorways are low, so watch your head; and take time to accustom your eyes to the dim light within. The buildings are lit by candles, as would have been the custom at that time. In one house bread was proving, which would then be taken across the street to the bakery where there is an oven. Candles were to be seen langing up to dry. The cooking trivet, utensils, barrels are all authentic.

At the entrance to the village is a small museum with pictures , books, exhibits [sherds , coins, pots etc]

Admission for adults in £3,50, for children and pensioners £2, children under 5 are free,
Open from 11am-4pm November to March
open 11 am to 5pm April to October
Interactive events are held most months.

Phone: 029 2070 1678
Website: http://valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/cosmeston

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  • Updated May 9, 2008
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