Loughor Castle - Ruin - (Casllwchwr) - Wales. Great Britain.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 39.735 W 004° 04.640
30U E 425486 N 5724023
Quick Description: Three Ruins in one location, Castle tower, Norman earthwork castle, and a Roman fort. All located in Loughor, Swansea, South Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/27/2013 10:12:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMHYGK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
Three historic sites in one location, with a history going back over 2000 years.
Loughor Castle is a small site, with the partial remains of a 13th century Castle tower built on the ruins of a Norman Earthwork Castle, itself constructed in a corner of a Roman fort.

"The simple earthwork Roman fort of Leucarum was built around 75 AD to guard the lowest crossing of the River Loughor. Around 110 AD the fort was strengthened with stone walls. It was in use until the middle or late 1st century, then abandoned, before being used briefly again in the late 3rd century.

The Norman motte was constructed around 1099 by Henry Beaumont, Earl of Warwick. The initial motte was extended to create an oval ringwork castle. The castle defenses were not terribly elaborate, composed of wooden ramparts surrounding simple wooden domestic buildings. The castle was sacked by the Welsh in 1151, but it was quickly retaken by the Normans, who rebuilt and strengthened the defenses in stone.

In the early 13th century John de Braose added a low curtain wall, and his descendant, William de Braose III, added a rectangular two-storey stone tower in the late 13th century. It is this tower that is the most obvious remain at Loughor. De Braose's tower retains its fireplaces, garderobe, and several well-formed window frames. The tower was posibly built by John Iweyn, steward to William de Braose. It fell out of use after the conquest of Wales by Edward I, and gradually fell into decay, It is now a preserved ruin listed by CADW." Text Source: (visit link)
Type: Ruin

Fee: free

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