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Pembroke Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Built by the Marshal earls of Pembroke between 1190 and 1245 and delightfully set on a rocky coastal promontory, the castle has a triangular inner ward containing a fine circular keep covered by a dome vault and several domestic buildings and an impressive hall block. The larger outer ward has a good gatehouse, lofty curtain walls,  and five round towers, some restored in 1930s after being slighted in 1648. There is access to almost all wall-walks and tower summits. Most of the circuit of the town walls also still survives.

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Written by  Mike Salter.

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The first version of Pembroke Castle was paid for by Earl Roger of Montgomery; a more substantial version was built up using the money of William Marshal, then the Earl, and he's known for adding the tower and inner ward. William's son Gilbert added the walls and William's grandson, William de Valence finished the basic shape off - but today's version has had a lot of renovations since Roger.

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