augharne Castle stands guard overlooking the River Taf that flows into Carmarthen Bay. Over the centuries the river has silted up but in medieval times would have been navigable by large ships. The first castle on the site was constructed by the Norman Robert Courtemain who granted the castle to Bleddyn ap Cedifor, a Welshman. In 1171 and 1172 several meetings took place between Henry II and Lord Rhys which confirmed the lands that the Welshman controlled and his appointment as justiciar of south Wales. The castle was the location of one of those meetings.


Key Facts
CountyCarmathenshire (7 castles)
DirectionsThe castle is situated on the shore of the Taf estuary in the town of Laugharne about thirteen miles to the south-west of Carmarthen
CategoriesStone
RemainsNot complete but much survives
Access to siteAt any reasonable time
YearMonthEvent
1172   Henry II and Lord Rhys meet
 Laugharne Castle was the location of one of a series of meetings between Henry II and Lord Rhys that confirmed Rhys' lands and where he was given the title of justiciar. 
Lawhaden Castle, located about ten miles east of Haverfordwest in south Wales, started it's life as a property of the Bishop's of St. Davids. Bishop Thomas of Bek in the reign of Edward I rebuilt the castle improving its defences. The castle is surrounded by a deep ditch and earth banks. The remains include sections of the twin-towered gate house, parts of the curtain wall and the main hall.


Key Facts
CountyPembrokeshire (12 castles)
DirectionsThe village of LLawhaden is located about ten miles to the east of Haverfordwest
CategoriesStone
RemainsNot complete but much survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
YearMonthEvent
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ot a medieval castle.


Key Facts
CountyDorset (7 castles)
Categories
A seventeenth century hunting lodge
OwnershipBaronial castle
RemainsExcellent remains
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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YearMonthEvent
1142 Sep  Henry (II) land in England
 Henry of Anjou, the future King of England landed on the south coast of England with his uncle Earl Robert of Gloucester and several knights, Henry spent a year in England at Bristol being taught by Master Matthew. Soon after landing in England Earl Robert captured Lulworth Castle, Rufus Castle on Portland and Wareham Castle. [1]

Episode: Civil War Stephen and Matilda  
small motte and bailey castle now with a rectangular stone keep on top of the mound.


Key Facts
CountyDevon (10 castles)
DirectionsLydford is about nine miles to the south-west of Okehampton
CategoriesMotte & Bailey / Stone
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteAt any reasonable time
YearMonthEvent
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