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Caption for Caerphilly, Castle C1874: Gilbert de Clare's second attempt to build a castle at Caerphilly got under way in 1271, his previous unfinished castle having been destroyed by Llywelyn in 1268. This castle too was attacked by Llywelyn; this forced Henry III to intervene and declare Caerphilly neutral territory. However, de Clare had the backing of the barons and retook his own castle by force, forcing the Welsh to withdraw.

Memories of Caerphilly

I used to live in Bartlett Street next to the bus station. My first job in Caerphilly was as a delivery driver for Harris & Ash DIY merchants, they were situated in a double fronted shop opposite the castle, although I came across a photograph recently that showed their shop as originally opposite the bus and railway (...Read full memory)

I left Caerphilly in 1955 to join the Royal Airforce. Prior to this I worked for AJ Marshall Wholesale Confectioners in Castle Street. I went to school at The Twyn Secondary Modern as it was then known. I remember coming on leave and having a few pints in the Clives Hotel, on leaving I took the short cut (...Read full memory)

My father purchased the Dowdings Estate Agency, I think possibly from the owner Mr William Dowding, in 1955. The original building, built circa 1900, was then sold to Lloyd's Bank when my father's business closed down in the mid 1980's. They originally rented just the ground floor and subsequently (...Read full memory)

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