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Ammanford Castle

Carmarthenshire, Wales
SN 624125

Photographs copyright 2003 by Malcolm Ranson

Located in the grounds of Tir-y-Dail house amidst thick undergrowth are the earthen remains of Ammanford Castle. Ammanford is a typical motte and bailey that can be clearly seen from the railway line adjacent to the site. The castle has no recorded history and there is some debate as to whether the castle was Norman or Welsh. The castle could have been built by the Norman FitzPons or Clifford families, or could be the work of the Welsh prince Rhys ap Gruffydd, the Lord Rhys. The late D.J.C. Cathcart-King identified Ammanford as a ringwork, however subsequent research has proved that the castle is indeed a motte and bailey.

 


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