The ruins of Nevern Castle, built in 1108 and burned to destruction in 1195, conceal a complex and dramatic past of treachery, prosperity, family feuds and celebrations. During its lifetime, the Welsh and Anglo-Normans battled for possession of the land and castle. Gerald of Wales visited it in his famous travelogue.
Further afield, the first Eisteddfod was held in Cardigan; and the Third Crusade was brewing.
From 2008-2018, Dr Chris Caple of Durham University led a series of excavations. They revealed an earth and timber castle, built sometime 1108-1100, to which impressive stone defences and buildings were added as it became prosperous later in that century.
You can still see the bases of two stone towers, which give some indication of the substantial scale of the castle when it was in use.
Nevern is a rural village in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, lying in the confluence of two small rivers below the site of the Castle.
St Brynach’s church is known for its impressive ring of ten bells.
Join the Friends of Nevern Castle to help conserve and manage the Castle.
Images © Dr Chris Caple except where noted otherwise.