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Dynevor Castle or Newton, Carmarthenshire

Historical Description

Dynevor Castle or Newton, the seat of Lord Dynevor, in Carmarthenshire, on the river Towey, adjacent to Llan-dilo-fawr. The name Dynevor is a corruption of Dinas-fawr, signifying " the great castle." The present mansion is modern, but contains two ancient ornate chairs, said to have belonged to Sir Rhys ap Thomas. The grounds are very beautiful, both by nature and by art, and command some noble views. The ancient castle stands on a rocky headland at the river. The original structure was circular, with double moat and rampart, and rose from the ruins or dilapidations of more than one previous pile. The chief existing ancient features of it are a square tower, a round tower, and some battlemented walls. The first founder was Roderick Mawr; other occupants were Rhys ap Twdwr, Rhys ap Gruffydd, and subsequent South Wales princes, and the occupant in Henry VII.'s time, receiving it in grant from that king, was Sir Rhys ap Thomas.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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