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Gydweli - Kidwelly - Carmarthenshire, Wales, Great Britain.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 44.444 W 004° 17.584
30U E 410720 N 5732993
Quick Description: Kidwelly (Welsh: Cydweli) is a town and community in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, approximately 10 miles north-west of the main town of Llanelli. Kidwelly lies on the River Gwendraeth above Carmarthen.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 6:00:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMGEDJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 1

Long Description:
A roadside sign welcoming drivers to Cydweli - Kidwelly, in Welsh and English. The sign features a silhouette of the Castle, and shows St Marys church & the Kidwelly black Cat, all hand painted.

"The earliest written form of the name, 'Cetgueli', is recorded by the monk, Nennius, writing in the 9th century. One theory is that the name means the land, territory or kingdom of Cadwal. Another theory is that the name is the combination of the two words 'Cyd' (joint) and 'Gweli' (bed), i.e., the joining of the two river beds Gwendraeth Fawr and Gwendraeth Fach, wherein Cydweli lies. The town itself is ancient, established by written records at around 1115 AD.

The substantial and well preserved castle and church were established by the invading Normans in 1106. The earliest castle on the site was a typical Norman motte and bailey design that was made of earth and timber. The 13th century re-design was commissioned by Edward I Longshanks as a strategic part of his 'Ring of Steel' oppression against the Welsh. At the time of the stone castle's creation, Kidwelly benefited from the latest strategic military thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall. The great gatehouse was begun late in the 14th century but it wasn’t completed until 1422, somewhat due to the Welsh rebel Owain Glyn Dwr’s efforts to reclaim Welsh independence." Text Source: (visit link)
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