When the male line of owners ended the castle passed into the hands of Hawise de Londres. She married into the powerful de Braose family but her husband died in 1233 and the castle at this time was back in Welsh possession. In around 1244 Hawise married Peter de Chaworth who won back the castle. Peter de Chaworth successfully held the castle until 1258 when he was killed and the castle was inherited by the elder of his two young sons, Payn. Hawise took control of the castle until Payn was old enough to do so himself. Payn died without an heir and after his brother's death the castle was inhirited by his brother's daughter Matilda.
|Kidwelly Castle Key Facts|
|County||Carmathenshire (7 castles)|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|1106||Construction of Kidwelly Castle|
|Roger, bishop of Salisbury, is granted land in south Wales and started construction of a wooden castle on the banks of the river Gwendraeth.|
|1190||Kidwelly Castle rebuilt|
|In this year Rhys ap Gruffydd, The Lord Rhys captured the castle at Kidwelly from the Normans. It is possible that he repaired its structure at this time.|
|1201||Kidwelly Castle captured by the Normans|
|The Normans recaptured the castle at Kidwelly in around 1201, when Meredith, the son of Lord Rhys, was killed by the garrison of the castle.|
|1215||Kidwelly captured by the Welsh|
|Rhys Grug, another son of the Lord Rhys, captured and burnt the castle at Kidwelly. The Welsh held the castle for several years until Llywelyn the Great forced its restoration to the Normans .|
|1403||Kidwelly Castle attacked|
|Owain Glyndwr's forces attacked Kidwelly Castle managing to set fire to the unfinished gatehouse but did not capture the castle.|
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