Caption for Carew, 1890:
This is another view of this splendid Norman castle, built on
the site of a Romano-British fortress by Gerald de Windsor
as a wooden stronghold. His descendant, Nicholas de Carew,
built much of the stone structure we can see today. In 1480
the Castle was leased to a Welsh lord, Rhys ap Thomas, who
rebuilt and extended it. He was host to the last great
tournament held in Wales – 600 knights feasted and jousted
here for five days to celebrate him being made a Knight of
the Garter. Today the ivy has been removed and the
buildings have been carefully preserved. The tennis courts
marked out in the foreground are now not in evidence!
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