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The Town Gate

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7385 / 51°44'18"N

Longitude: -4.3081 / 4°18'29"W

OS Eastings: 240724

OS Northings: 206941

OS Grid: SN407069

Mapcode National: GBR GP.BRMZ

Mapcode Global: VH3M2.8KTM

Entry Name: The Town Gate

Listing Date: 5 December 1963

Last Amended: 28 July 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11877

Building Class: Defence

Location: Situated at SW end of Castle Street, some 130m WSW of Kidwelly Castle.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Kidwelly

Community: Kidwelly

Locality: Kidwelly/Cydweli

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Medieval gateway, probably early C14, though aid for walling the town was given in 1280-1. The principal gate to the small walled town SW of the castle. Reconstruction drawings suggest a single rectangular structure with chamfered spur-footed angles, of three storeys with battlements. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Exterior

Rubble stone ruinous gateway, the front and side walls of a substantial gatehouse with traces of three storeys within. Broad segmental-pointed main arch of four steps, chamfered to front, portcullis slot between 2nd and 3rd steps. Side to left is obscured by public house, but has corbelled first floor chimneybreast. Three upper floor broad cambered headed windows, presumably to a principal hall, robbed of ashlar. Side to right has two narrow first floor lancets, robbed of ashlar, and two ground floor loops. Chamfered SW angle with spur foot. S wall has mostly gone, N wall survives to full height with short return remaining of inner E wall.

Interior

Numerous window and fireplace embrasures to rear of front wall and rear of N wall, including two blocked N lancets. The gateway was originally stone vaulted.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a Medieval town gateway of national importance as a surviving structure from the town defences.

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