SN7634 : Llandovery Castle (Castell Llanymddyfri) - ruins upon its motte

taken 4 months ago, near to Llandovery/Llanymddyfri, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, Great Britain

Llandovery Castle (Castell Llanymddyfri) - ruins upon its motte
Llandovery Castle (Castell Llanymddyfri) - ruins upon its motte
All that remains of Llandovery Castle is these outer walls of its keep atop its motte.
See shared description below for more information about the castle.
See also SN7634 : Llandovery Castle (Castell Llanymddyfri) - western keep walls & SN7634 : Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Llandovery / Llanymddyfri Castle

All that remains of Llandovery / Llanymddyfri Castle is two parts of the ruined walls of its keep set upon its motte (hillock or mound). It is situated on a prominent natural outcrop overlooking Afon Bran, to the south of the car park in central Llanymddyfri (Landovery).
A motte and bailey castle was first mentioned here in 1113. Three years later the castle, then in the ownership or stewardship of Richard fitz Pons (Lord of Cantref Bychan) was attacked by Gruffydd ap Rhys ((c. 1090 1137) Prince of Deheubarth) who tried to breach it and set it on fire, but he failed; he nevertheless burnt the outer castle (bailey), but then fled after a strong defence.
The castle's ownership swung to and fro between the English and Welsh until it finally fell to Edward I in 1277 - though it was briefly recaptured by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1282. A striking sculpture of this Welsh warrior knight is to be found on the motte beside the castle's ruins. However Llywelyn died later that year and it was then in English hands ever after, and in the next centuries fell into further ruin.
What is seen now dates from the C13th - after Llywelyn's death.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Thursday, 20 May, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Llandovery  Castell Llanymddyfri  Llanymddfri 
Primary Subject of Photo
Ruin (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7675 3422 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.5626N 3:47.7877W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7673 3423
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Cantref Bychan  Castle Ruins  Castle (Ruin) 

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