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Laugharne Castle | by Paula J James
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Laugharne Castle

Re-opened to the public in the July of 1996 after twenty years of extensive excavation and restoration, Laugharne castle stands on a low ridge overlooking the wide Taf river estuary and perhaps is today better known for its associations with the poet Dylan Thomas instead of its picturesque location. One of a string of fortresses controlling the ancient road of communication along the South Wales coast line, the castle as a long and chequered history. It was originated as a Norman earth and timber stronghold, mentioned in about 1116 as the castle of Robert Courtemain, (but the first record of the Norman castle is dated 1189), rebuilt in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries by the various successive generations of the de Brian family. Great parts of their works still survive, including the domed round keep tower and the protuding mighty gatehouse of the inner bailey constructed in a warm red-brown sandstone.

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Taken on July 25, 2014