Medieval sites

Neath Abbey - With its beginnings in the Norman period the Abbey stood as a place of worship for the Cistercian monks, one which grew to become a very wealthy and large monastery.

After the dissolution the abbey continued to be used although not in a clerical manner. At this time the South East cloister block was transformed into a manor house complex which continued to be used up until the 17th century, the architecture of the building reflects this. In its latest phase of use in the early 20th century the Abbey grounds where used as an industrial site for the processing of copper smelting.

Neath Abbey Neath Abbey Neath Abbey

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Llawhaden Castle - Possibly the site of a wooden defensive enclosure in the early 12th century, the stone castle which now dominates the village is one of the three bishops palaces located in the Pembrokeshire region.

The castle is the only palace of the Bishops of St Davids that has been built for defence.

Llawhaden Castle Llawhaden Castle Llawhaden Castle

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Kidwelly Castle - The multiphase castle defends and protects the river way of the Gwendreath upon which it stands. It is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Wales.

Parts of the stone built castle are early Norman in date, there is a possibility that there may have been an earlier timber structure. The existing castle is a testament to changing practices and trends in military offensive and defensive methods of the Norman period.

Kidwelly Castle Kidwelly Castle Kidwelly Castle

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