While the exterior face of the castle presents an impression of strength and defiance, much of the interior of Carreg Cennen is considerably ruined, the result of demolition in 1462 after the Wars of the Roses.
Carreg Cennen Castle has had a long and eventful history, having changed ownership numerous times. Legendary references place the original fortress in the Dark Ages, held by Urien Rheged, Lord of Iskennen, and his son Owain, knights during the reign of King Arthur. Stories claim that there is a warrior (perhaps one of the knights, or Arthur himself?) asleep beneath the castle, awaiting a call from the Welsh.
The first castle on the site was probably built by the Welsh Prince of Deheubarth, in the late 12th century. It was seized in 1277 by King Edward I who built the fortifications we see today. From that time onwards, the fortress remained in the hands of the English.
Apparently, in the 1960’s Carreg Cennen Castle was acquired by the Morris family when Lord Cawdor mistakenly included the castle as part of the farm in the wording of the deeds.
Julia visited this stunning castle in 2010 during the Abandoned? Project journey.