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Cardigan Castle

Cardigan castle stands on the northern bank of the River Teifi in the district of West Wales known as Ceredigion. The castle is best viewed from across the river and provides a pleasant walk across the stone bridge to what is left of the castle walls. Its early history has been one of a frontier fortress constantly fought over and captured by Norman and later English forces aganst the native Welsh princes.

History of Cardigan Castle

1093 ~ Roger de Montgomery builds an earthwork castle as a frontier outpost to lands taken by the Norman invaders.

1110 ~ An earth and timber castle is constructed by Gilbert de Clare downstream from the abandoned earthwork castle built by his predecessor Roger de Montgomery.

1136 ~ Robert fitz Martin successfully defends the castle against an attack by Owain Gwynedd which sees the town destroyed. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent