- Cardigan Castle
Cardigan Castle (ca.
1100) is a castlelocated in Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales.
motte-and-baileycastle (ca. 1093) was built a mile away from the present site, probably about the time of the founding of the town by Roger de Montgomery, a Norman baron.
The forerunner of the present castle was built by
Gilbert Fitz RichardLord of Clare after the former was destroyed.The castle was handed down to Gilbert's son, Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembrokein 1136. The same year, Owain Gwyneddled the defeat of the Norman rulers in the town of Cardigan at the Battle of Crug Mawr. The town was taken and burnt, though the castle was successfully defended by Normans commanded by Robert fitz Martin.
The castle was later recaptured by the Normans, and was held for Earl Roger of Hertford. In
1166it was captured by Rhys ap Gruffydd, who rebuilt it in stone in 1171. In 1176the first ever National Eisteddfod of Wales was held at the castle. On Rhys's death in 1197his sons, Maelgwn and Gruffydd, disputed their inheritance resulting in Maelgwn surrendering Gruffydd to the Normans and selling the castle to King John. The castle was later held for William Marshall. Llywelyn the Greatcaptured it in 1215and at the parliament held at Aberdoveyin 1216made it over to the sons of Gruffydd ap Rhys of Deheubarth, but in 1223William Marshall the Younger recaptured it. In 1231the castle was again captured for Llywelyn by Rhys Grygand his allies. Llywelyn held it until his death in 1240. On Llywelyn's death it fell back into Norman hands, and in 1244 Earl Gilbert of Pembroke rebuilt it with town walls for added protection. It is the remains of this building that still stands overlooking the river.
It was badly damaged during the
English Civil Warin Wales and until the 18th century it was only used as a prison. At the beginning of the 19th century a residence, Castle Green House, was built inside the walls incorporating the North Tower. This fell into disrepair in the 1940's and was allowed to decay further by the owner to the extent that the outer walls needed supporting. It was purchased by Ceredigion Council in April 2003and it is intended to repair it as part of the regeneration of Cardigan.
* [http://www.castlewales.com/cardigan.html Castle Wales on Cardigan castle]
* [http://www.cardigancastle.com/eng/ Cardigan castle redevelopment]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2768031 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Cardigan Castle]
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