Haverfordwest Castle, Castle Street, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Ddraig Ddu
N 51° 48.158 W 004° 58.189
30U E 364183 N 5740922
Quick Description: Haverfordwest was first mentioned in 1188. In the 13th century it withstood an attack by Llywelyn the Great. It was also strong enough to repulse an attack in 1405 during Owain Glyndwr's war of Welsh independence.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/28/2013 12:13:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMHNTP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
Haverfordwest Castle was probably a strong stone castle by 1220, it
towers above the market town of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales.

"The Castle stands on a superb, naturally defensive position at the end of a strong, isolated ridge with a sheer cliff on the east. It was an English foundation, first established by Gilbert de Clare, earl of Pembroke in the mid-12th century, and remained an English stronghold throughout its history. It is first mentioned by Giraldus Cambrensis as one of the places he visited in 1188 with Archbishop Baldwin. Of that castle, which must have been of earth and timber, little now survives, except, perhaps for the footings of a large square keep in the north-east corner of the inner ward.

The present form of the castle, divided into two wards, probably reflects that of the original 12th-century castle. The plan is a little difficult to make out as the museum lies in the center of the outer ward, while the former prison governor's house lies on the site of the inner ward gatehouse. The medieval castle was converted to a prison in the 18th century, but the buildings of the inner ward and outer defences can still be appreciated."

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