After a good look around the Castle we decided to go for a little walk down the road. After walking a short way down the road opposite the Castle we came to some splendid remains of the town walls complete with arches and windows they were quite fascinating to see.
Old Town of Kidwelly is situated at the side of the Castle and by the end of the 13th Century it was was defended by great walls and gateways on 3 sides with the Castle at it's rear Now the walls are no longer joined to the Castle but it's plainly evident where they were once attatched. Quite a good portion of the walls and gates remain surrounding some old houses.
Kidwelly Castle is another one of the really impressive Castles in wales, it was established as a huge earthwork sometime in the early 12th Century by The Normans to comand the river crossings along with the castles at Laugharne, Llansteffan and Loughor. The original ringwork at Kidwelly was constructed overlooking the River Gwendraeth on a steep ridge and so no other fortification would have been needed on it's riverside as the present semi circular bank and ditch would have formed it's 12th century defences which would have been supplemented by timber palisade's on the bank and towers with a gate. This Castle was attacked and fell to the Welsh on a few occasions during the late 12th century but by 1201 the Castle was firmly back in Norman hands and though periodic attacks by the Welsh it remained English.
The Castle was rebuilt in Stone later by the de Chaworths who controlled it from the mid 13th Century and was much modified later by the earls who eventually became the dukes of Lancaster.
The castle is a fine example of castle development as it is evident that the castle had been quite dramaticaly altered on a number of occasions in order to keep up with the latest thinking in military science and not as with some castles to make into a comfortable palace or Manor house.
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