LLawhaden Castle - Ruin - Pembrokshire, Wales, Great Britain.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 49.312 W 004° 47.887
30U E 376073 N 5742754
Quick Description: Llawhaden Castle (Castell Llanhuadain) is a castle in the Pembrokeshire village of Llawhaden and 8 miles east of Haverfordwest, in South Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/12/2013 11:07:43 AM
Waymark Code: WMHTAP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
"Llawhaden began as an earth and timber castle in the 12th century, the prize of the Norman Bishop Bernard. Over time, Llawhaden underwent several alterations as different bishops left their mark. Like many castles, this one sat high atop a hill, also like many castles, a deep ditch and earthen embankment formed the earliest outer defenses. They still give the castle a sense of power. And, like many earth and timber castles, the defenses were refortified with stone, in this case, in response to a siege led by the Welshman, the Lord Rhys, in the late 12th century.

In the 13th century, Bishop Thomas Bek (1280-93) made arguably the greatest impact at Llawhaden, when he established and expanded the village. Bek's work at the castle includes the complex hall block, with its kitchen and service rooms (buttery and pantry) and stone-vaulted undercrofts, and the bishop's elaborately adorned chambers above (complete with latrines!). Today, this sector of the castle is largely ruined, but still radiates the prestige of its occupant.

During the next century, the bishops added the twin-towered gatehouse, the most impressive structure at Llawhaden Castle. Looming directly over the dry ditch, its foreboding face would have intimidated anyone seeking entry. Although the exterior has been well preserved, the interior of the gatehouse is now disappointingly decayed." Source: (visit link)

Additional info from CastleFacts:
"Llawaden Castle was originally an earth-and-timber ringwork, built circa 1115 on the frontier between Welsh and Norman/Flemish occupied regions, but was razed to the ground in 1193, and it was not until the Normans began to gain control in the region in the early thirteenth century that the site was refortified with a masonry curtain and several towers." Text Source: (visit link)

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Property maintained by CADW:

Property Address:
Llawhaden Castle,
Llawhaden,
Haverford West,
Pembrokeshire,
Wales.
Type: Ruin

Fee: Free Admission

Hours:
10am to 4pm.


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