Expert articles and latest updates about Nevern Castle

  • Nevern’s Apotropaic Slates
    Chris Caple
    by Dr Chris Caple
    In 2011, we unearthed a series of slates forming a threshold in the gateway of the southern entrance to the castle. A number of these slates contained faint scratched designs. As the slates were bedded on their edges, these designs could not be seen by the people passing over the threshold; only by supernatural forces. The designs were almost certainly incised into the slates by the workmen building the gateway (constructed circa 1170-1191).


  • Friends’ Meeting – Trewern 30/3/2022
    Nevern Community Council
    Inaugural meeting of the Friends of Nevern Castle
    Enthusiasts for Nevern Castle met on Wednesday 30/3/2022, kindly hosted by the Trewern Arms. We created a formal association, with a constitution and the usual officers. We’ll be able to open a bank account, apply for grants, etc.


  • The Great Hall
    Rob Anthony
    The brief life and times of the Great Hall, Nevern Castle
    Fig 1 Artist’s impression of Nevern Castle:


  • My Dig Memories
    Gaynor Bussell
    Gaynor Bussell, Volunteer at Nevern Dig 2009-2018
    After working over 30 years in London, in June 2008 I decided to give it all up. I was not sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life; I was not quite 50! But I had developed hiraeth for the lands from where my family had come and where many of my relatives still lived.


  • Podcast: Tomos Jones, PCNPA
    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
    The Archaeology of Nevern Castle
    Tomos Jones, Community Archaeologist at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, talks about the archaeological excavations at Nevern Castle between 2008 and 2018.


  • The Lord Rhys’ Oath
    Rob Anthony
    The broken oaths of the Lord Rhys would have put him at risk of eternal damnation, according to the tenets of the 12th century.
    Dr Robert Anthony


  • Was Nevern really a borough?
    Rob Anthony
    Were there really 18 burgage plots within the castle? Can we believe the claim by George Owen, 16th/17th century antiquarian and lord of Cemais, that Nevern was once a borough, with special privileges?
    Dr Rob Anthony explains, and examines the evidence.


  • A decorated key
    Chris Caple
    An object that has come up recently in the research on Nevern is the shaft of a key, a slide key for a padlock, with inlaid spiral decoration.
    Keys like this only turn up on 12th century sites such as York, Winchester, Castle Acre. Unnecessarily decorated and expensive, they were probably mainly owned by aristocratic ladies safeguarding things which they wanted to keep safe: perhaps documents, jewellery, clothes or shoes.


  • Family feuds
    Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

    Delun Gibby tells the story of Rhys' imprisonment in his own castle. (Delun was Community Archaeologist for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.)


  • Archbishop Baldwin 1188
    Rob Anthony
    Dr Robert Anthony
    Monday, 28 March 1188: it is not often in medieval history that an event can be dated with such precision, especially when concerning Wales, and we have Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis), scholar, canon of St David’s and Archdeacon of Brecon, to thank for this. The event in question is described in his book: The Journey Through Wales (1191), an account, almost in diary form (although with lavish digressions), of the six week mission to south and north Wales by Baldwin Archbishop of Canterbury to preach the Cross in support of the Third Crusade.


  • The Throne
    Nevern Community Council
    It is said of the bleeding yew tree in Nevern churchyard, "The Yew will bleed until a Welsh King sits upon the throne in the Castle!"
    The saying goes back a long way. We don't have a Welsh king yet, but in 2008, Nevern Community Council took the first step by providing a throne.


  • Barbecue
    Nevern Community Council
    About 50 people attended the barbecue in the bailey in the August bank holiday 2021. We're looking to hold more events in the future.