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Architecture in Wales ranges from the earliest Neolithic to modern self-indulgence by way of the medieval, the Tudor resurgence and the transformation of rural holdings during the 'Age of Improvement'. Pembrokeshire has something of all of these, but perhaps the most visually interesting is the local vernacular: long houses, lime-washed cottages and grouted roofs, stone and pebble dash and 'wriggly tin' - the last worthy of an architectural sub-genre in its own right! Sadly much of our built heritage is in decay or disappearing, whether as part of general rural decline or from unsympathetic conversion. For more, see the B&W page.
Llawhaden Castle #1. One of only three fortified palaces of the Bishops of St Davids, and its ruins still loom high above the valley of the Eastern Cleddau river. Originally begun as a C12 motte and bailey by the Norman Bishop Barnard, the castle evolved under several bishops and over several turbulent centuries as an alien Norman aristocracy sought to impose its rule over Wales, and not least over the church.
The Church of St Aidan, Llawhaden #1. St Aidan's Church sits in an idyllic setting on the bank of the Eastern Cleddau. The Grade II listed building is of ancient foundation and has identifiable C12 architectural survivals. The medieval church was transformed in the late C13 or early C14, at which time a second larger tower seems to have been added while, unusually, the original tower was retained. Click on the image for purchase options.