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Murder at the Castle
One of the darkest hours in the history of Abergavenny was provided by William de Braose. In 1175 he invited the Welsh leader Seisyllt ap Dyfnwal, his son, and local Welsh leaders, to celebrate Christmas at the castle. Far from offering Yuletide cheer, de Braose had murder in mind. In a tale reminiscent of the infamous Glencoe Massacre centuries later, de Braose had all his Welsh guests killed, then attacked Seisyllt's castle at Castell Arnallt, and murdered his wife and child.
De Braose may have intended to frighten the Welsh into submission, but his treachery had the opposite effect; the Welsh rose in rebellion and attacked Abergavenny Castle. Under the leadership of Hywel ap Iorwerth they burned the castle to the ground, and captured and killed de Braose's sheriff, but de Braose himself escaped.
A later de Braose, also named William, was hanged by Llewelyn ap Iorwerth after he committed adultery with Llewelyn's wife Joan, daughter of King John of England.
The castle remains include sections of two towers, while a third tower is incorporated into a nearby house. Associated buildings include a 15th century gatehouse. The location is wonderful, with a backdrop of mountains including the Skirrids and Sugar Loaf (Mynydd Pen-y-fal).
A museum is housed in the castle courtyard, and traces the history of the town and its surrounding area. Around the castle site are a 19th century picturesque walk and attractive gardens.
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About Abergavenny Castle
Address: Castle Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, NP7 5EE
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Off the A40.
Website: Abergavenny Castle
OS: SO298 139
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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