Llandovery Castle

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Llandovery Castle
Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales
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Llandovery Castle is located in Wales
Llandovery Castle
Llandovery Castle
Coordinates51°59′33″N 3°47′43″W / 51.9924°N 3.7952°W / 51.9924; -3.7952
Site information
Site history
Built byRichard Fitz Pons?
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated3 August 1966

Llandovery Castle (Welsh: Castell Llanymddyfri) is a late thirteenth-century, Grade II*-listed, castle ruin in the town of Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It occupies a knoll overlooking the River Towy and the land surrounding it. The Normans built a castle in the current location in the early twelfth century and this was rebuilt in stone. It was burnt in the early sixteenth century and never repaired.


A Norman knight, Richard Fitz Pons, received the lordship of Cantref Bychan in 1116 and he probably began construction of a motte-and-bailey castle in 1116. It was repeatedly lost to the Princes of Deheubarth over the next several generations. King Henry II of England spent a great deal of money repairing the castle in 1159–62, but the Welsh captured it regardless. It finally fell to the English under Edward I in 1277. It was briefly retaken by Welsh forces under Llywelyn ap Gruffudd five years later. The castle was then granted to John Giffard, 1st Baron Giffard, who likely rebuilt it in stone. The building passed to the baronial Audley family of Heleigh in 1299 (who later inherited the lordship of Cemaes in north Pembrokeshire) and then into the Touchet family in the fourteenth century. King Henry IV of England visited the castle in 1400 and it was besieged during the Owain Glyndŵr rebellion three years later. The castle was burnt in a rebellion led by Hywel ap Rhys in 1532 and was never rebuilt.[1]


The keep is a large D-shaped tower on the western side of the castle. The gatehouse has two towers on the north side with a well-tower. There are also remnants of the curtain wall around the filled-in ditch.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Llandovery Castle - Llandovery - Carmarthenshire - Wales". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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Coordinates: 51°59′42″N 3°47′42.72″W / 51.99500°N 3.7952000°W / 51.99500; -3.7952000