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Lampeter Castle

In the town of Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales

Photographs copyright 2006 by Malcolm Ranson

The University of Wales, Lampeter, (formerly St Davids College), with its close links to Oxford, is the home of what remains of this castle, now nothing more than a green mound on the grounds of the campus.

Darren Winter, a student of Medieval History at Lampeter University, says this about the castle:

"It is alleged to have been built in the Norman expansion into Wales in the late 1080`s, Lampeter is on one of the main trade routes through to the North of Wales and so the Market town of Lampeter emerges over time. The Castle is razed in the 1130`s by a Welsh raid and is never rebuilt. Until the Statute of Wales in 1284 Lampeter is quite contested between the English and the Welsh for trade."

"(The) mound that is suppose to be a motte is to be found at the back of the Old Building at the university. It isn't very big, no more than 100 feet wide at the bottom and no more than 20-25 feet at the top, and these are very approx dimensions. As far as I am aware no attempt has been made to find the position of the bailey in relation to the motte, although there have been suggestions that it is orientated towards the local church, St.Peters."

 


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