Photographer's Note

Carreg Cennen Castle sits on a limestone outcrop on the edge of the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The outcrop has been used since prehistoric times and was fortified by the Romans. The original stone fortress was built by the Welsh Princes of Deheubarth and was partly domolished in 1462 at the end of the War of the Roses.

Legendary references place the original fortress in the Dark Ages held by Urien Rhegged, Lord of Iskennen and his son Owain, knights during the reign of King Arthur. Stories claim that there is a knight of King Arthur's asleep under the castle awating the call from the Welsh. However, the first castle was probably built by the Welsh Lord Rhys, Prince of Deheubarth in the late 12th century. It was siezed by King Edward I in 1277, the original Welsh stronghold was demolished in the late 13th century and replaced by the present structure. This was the time of Edward's momenteous castle building in his brutal suppression of the Welsh people.

It was besieged during the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr and considerably damaged. During the War of the Roses the castle's garrison sided with the Lancastrians. After the Yorkist victory in 1461 the castle was deemed to be too much of a threat to the English monarchy that it was partly demolished the following spring.

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Viewed: 1972
Points: 20
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Additional Photos by Gerwyn Gibbs (gibbsy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 183] (1376)
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