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History[ edit ] The area around Kidwelly is rich in coal reserves and contains ironstone. It was to exploit these reserves that the canal and tramway system was built. Much of the coal was good quality anthracite, although other grades were also mined.
If you need help, visit the national COVID website or call the COVID Helpline Do I have to wear a face mask on public transport in Kidwelly? The community of Burry Port did not exist inand it was not until that the name of the company was changed to the Burry Port Company by another Act of Parliament. Inclines[ edit ] Details of the inclined planes have been the subject of some speculation, largely because contemporary documents from the time of their construction are unknown.
The gatehouse displays a fine array of defensive features. In the interior would have been the timber domestic buildings of the lord. The Kidwelly Corporation took out a lease on the dock inand the railway built a branch to it inwhich ran alongside the old canal.
Pinkerton and Allen pressed on with construction, completing the routes to Pontyates and the Ashburnham Canal crossing inwhile the company directors asked the engineers John Rennie and Edward Bankes to examine the issue of a suitable harbour. Below: view of the later hall right and the outer ward.
He was at the time the engineer for the Grand Western Canalwhich included seven vertical boat lifts and an inclined plane at Wellisford, again to be powered by a descending bucket mechanism. Additional Photographs of Kidwelly Castle.
Some culm was still shipped through Kidwelly. This would require a lock at Ty Mawr, with water supplied by the Dyvatty brook and a new reservoir to be constructed at Cwm Capel in the Dyvatty valley. The Cambrian newspaper carried reports of a ceremonial opening on 30 Apriland a formal opening on 26 May.
Major users in consisted of Kivwelly collieries at Pwll y Llygod and one at Pontyberem. This opened in July Kidqelly In the midth century the de Chaworth family gained possession, and began a long work of building the mighty stone castle that we see today. The spelling of Gwendraeth was wrong in the Act of Parliament. Below: Interior view of the chapel at Kidwelly, and view of the oven from Kidwelly's kitchen the outer ward In the early 14th century, the present mighty outer defences were constructed.
The Hirwaunissa incline was longer and narrower than the other two, and only included a single track. History[ edit ] The area around Kidwelly is rich in coal reserves and contains ironstone.
A small room in front of the hall housed the outer portcullis and murder hole, and the rooms above must have held the mechanism for lifting the drawbridge. The Act of Parliament was granted on 19 February too This castle fell to the Welsh on a of occasions in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, including once in when the Lord Rhys took it and burnt it.
Roger, bishop of Salisbury, the justiciar of England, established Norman power in the area and the ringwork castle shown below that he built here was one of a series of strongholds deed by the Normans to secure the new conquests of south Wales by commanding the river passes here and at LaugharneLlansteffan and Loughor. The ringwork at Kidwelly was constructed on a steep ridge overlooking the River Gwendraeth at its upper tidal limit. I have been to park resorts many times, but this tae be the.
Thomas Cadw Guidebook Kidwelly Kidwellly a mighty and imposing monument of Norman power. A second Act of Parliament was obtained on 28 Maywhich extended the time limit for building the canal and removed the requirement to clear the river channels to the harbour.
Kidwelly retains the street pattern of the medieval walled town, and though the walls themselves have disappeared, the early 14th-century South Gate of the town still stands on the main street opposite the castle. A second takke, supplied three months later, recommended an extension along the Gwendraeth valley, and the construction of three inclined planes to reach a terminus just above Cwmmawr.
He had been the engineer for the Bude Canalwhich included six planes, five powered by water wheels and one by a descending bucket mechanism. Buy your Kidwelly Castle guidebook here before you visit.
The earliest parts are best viewed from the centre of the castle, as they consist of the square inner ward with the four large round corner towers and simple portcullis gates to the north and south. A small building on the south of the chapel house housed the sacristy above the priest's bedchamber. The Great Gatehouse right took at least a century to complete. An extension to Kidwelly harbour followed in Juneand one to Cwmmawr in June Much of the limited capital raised had been spent on attempts to re-open the harbour, with little success.
It is also a beautiful example of castle development, as the castle was dramatically altered on a of occasions to conform to the latest thinking in military science. Below: the towers of the outer ward from the inner ward's south-west tower The last ificant addition to the castle was at the end of the 15th century when a large hall was built on the west of the outer ward with a connecting kitchen within the Kidwellyy ward.
The line of town defences survive as hedge lines and probably boundaries, and the northern outworks are particularly well preserved. The chapel has white Sutton-stone mouldings around the doors and windows, piscina and sedile, making it one of the finest parts of the castle.
Holy Grail'. Two engineers, Edward Martin and David Davies, proposed an extension of the canal to the top of the Gwendraeth valley, and another which would cross Pinged neer and would terminate at Llanelli. Below: view of the hall range, the south-east tower and the rear gatehouse inner ward.
Within the gate passage were an outer portcullis and gates, three murder holes in the vault above, and an inner portcullis and gate. The gatehouse was extremely well defended, and indeed was deed so that it could be held independently if the remainder of the castle had fallen tne besiegers. In the early 17th century the judicial court was held in the castle, perhaps in the new hall, but by that time the castle's life as a fortification was well-nigh over and it played only a minor part in the Civil Warlaying as it did far away from the central area of the struggle.
Kidwlely it would have been no laughing matter to attack this military stronghold. Success was short-lived, however, as railways started to appear in the region. The canal was operational by May The Act included powers to build a short section of canal to link with the line of the Kidwelly and Llanelli Canal. The gate passage has a tower on either side with basements which could have functioned as store rooms or as prison cells as their doors are secured by draw-bars on the outside only.
yeah its been like that for ages we cant get it fixed I would seriously steer well clear from this place. Water supply for the upper sections would be from a new reservoir to be built above Cwm y Glo. Ina two-year scheme funded by the Manpower Services Commission excavated and restored both the dock and 0. At its northern end it ed the Kidwelly and Llanelly canal at Ty Gwyn, just to the north of the disused Ashburnham Canal, and at its southern end, a short tramway linked its terminus to Gaunt's harbour.
The company planned to link New Lodge to Pwll in due course, so that there would be a tramway go from Burry Port harbour to Llanelli; the connection was eventually opened on 8 July He was extracting iron ore to be processed in new furnaces at Pembreyhad obtained Kilrhedyn colliery, and had constructed a harbour on the sands at Pembrey.
Wider sections were constructed nred Morfa and at Muddlescombe, to allow barges to pass one another, and there was also a wider section below the terminal wharf at Pwll y Llygod, to allow the barges to be turned. 10% off for.
It was evidently unfinished at the time of the Welsh siege in during the Glyndwr uprising. The new harbour was completed in By this time, the castle was in the hands of the crown, and the 15th-century refurbishment after the damage caused by the siege cost over L This would pass through Pembreyproviding improved access to the harbour.
By building this inner ward, set as it is within the outer ward, Pain de Chaworth converted Kidwelly into a strong concentric castle, with an inner and outer ring of defences. Anthony Bower was the engineer, and construction was contracted to Pinkerton and Allen.
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