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Rhyd y Gors Castle

above Carmarthen, south Wales

his castle was built on a bluff above the river at Carmarthen by William fitz Baldwin in the late 11th century, and was an important center for the Norman invasion and subsequent control of southwest Wales. Fitz Baldwin held the castle until his death in 1096. His brother Richard re-established the castle in 1105. By 1109 the surrounding territory was under the control of one of King Henry I's most experienced administrators, Walter of Gloucester, and Rhyd y Gors remained a center of royal influence in southwest Wales for years to come (Walker 1990). It was eventually replaced by a more modern stone castle at Carmarthen.

 


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