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Llandovery Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9928 / 51°59'33"N

Longitude: -3.7963 / 3°47'46"W

OS Eastings: 276757

OS Northings: 234226

OS Grid: SN767342

Mapcode National: GBR Y4.JNYV

Mapcode Global: VH5F3.45WP

Entry Name: Llandovery Castle

Listing Date: 8 March 1966

Last Amended: 18 June 2004

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 10965

Building Class: Defence

Location: Situated on prominent natural outcrop overlooking Afon Bran, on SE of main car park.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Llandovery (Llanymddyfri)

Community: Llandovery

Built-Up Area: Llandovery

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Remant of a medieval castle of late C13. The first castle was an earth motte with bailey, the motte formed from the hill overlooking the Afon Bran, probably built for Richard fitz Pons who was given the lordship of Cantref Bychan in 1116. Repeatedly lost to the forces of the lords of Deheubarth even though Henry II spent a great deal on the castle in 1159-62. It was not secured by the English until 1277, though lost briefly to Llywelyn the Last in 1282. After this it was granted to John Giffard who was instructed to repair the defences and probably built the present masonry castle. It passed to the Barons Audley of Heleigh 1299 who also became Lords of Cemaes in N Pembrokeshire, and passed with Cemaes to the Touchet family in the later C14. Henry IV visited in 1400 and it was besieged by Owain Glyndwr in 1403. It was burnt in an uprising in 1532 by Hywel ap Rhys and thereafter was disused and a quarry for stone. The early C19 views show much the same remains as now.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Exterior

Remnants of late C13 castle, chiefly a large D-shaped tower to the W with part of a twin-towered gatehouse with a well-turret to the N and sections of the curtain wall around the motte.

Reasons for Listing

Included as substantial remains of a medieval castle.

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