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Dynevor Castle

Dynevor Castle

Artist: Bretherton, J.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 35a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Newton House and the ruins of Dynevor Castle (also known as Dinefwr Castle) in Llandeilo, south western Wales. The ruins which can be seen in the background of this picture are of a 13th century stone castle built by Rhys ap Gruffydd, Lord Rhys I. The castle sits on a rocky hill with commanding views of the Twyi valley. The original construction included a circular keep, outer walls and a tower. In 1317 Dynevor castle was given to Hugh Despenser but he was unpopular and ensuing riots caused much damage to the castle. By the 15th century the castle had fallen into ruin and in 1660 Newton House was built close by. Newton house looks very different today as a Victorian fa├žade was added in the 19th century.

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