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Rev.Latham Bevan (later Arcdeacon) stood at the gate of Hay Castle c1879 Hand coloured postcard of 1905 Just after the fire in 1939 Repairs by Capps and Capps in 1987 Hay Castle from the south Oxford Road and Castle Gateway in 1890 The castle lawn in 1885. Taken from a lantern slide One of Latham Bevan's daughters in the garden. The sitting room before the fire of 1939 A postcard from 1955 Just after the fire in 1977 Hay Castle in about 1880. Taken from a lantern slide One of Latham Bevan's daughters at the gateway Frances Emily Bevan a great friend of Rev Kilvert Hay Castle Library before the fire of 1939 The stairs before the fire of 1939 A meet at the castle 1900 Archdeacon Latham Bevan's Jubilee celebrations of his 50 years as vicar of Hay in 1895 The Latham Bevan family 1895 Postcard from 1920 with the War Memorial in its original position jquery lightbox flash playerby VisualLightBox.com v5.7

The motte and bailey was replaced around 1200 by the present stone castle, lying on the south side of the river Wye. It was built by Matilda de Braose, and the castle stayed in the de Braose family until 1230 when William de Braose was hanged in Abergwyngregyn for having an affair with the wife of the Welsh ruler Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Llywelyn the Great. What followed was typical of Welsh border castles with the stronghold changing hands between the English and the Welsh over the centuries.

The 13th Century saw the rebellions where the Welsh Princes Llywelyn ab Iorwerth and later Llywelyn ab Gruffydd fought unsuccessfully to free themselves from the English yoke The early 15th Century saw the last revolt, the Glyndwr rebellion, and the castle again suffered damage by Welsh forces. But a few years on the Hay Castle was once again listed as defensible against the Welsh. Indeed the castle was sacked by both the English and the Welsh which led to its eventual abandonment and decay.

Come the 17th Century and part of the castle was rebuilt as a Jacobean mansion house that is now part of the longest-established bookshop in the town of books. Little is left now of the castle apart from its ruined walls as many parts were taken down following the building of the railway during the 1860s, but the walls and steps can still be appreciated from Castle Square in the town.

The Jacobean mansion part suffered two severe fires in 1939 and 1977. The resulting damage from the 1939 fire is still as it was after the fire. The west side was rebuilt and repaired by Capps & Capps in 1987/88 when under the ownership of Richard Booth.

The Castle

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