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Castell y Garreg, Gorslas

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle of Lle Gareig; Luchewein; Lychewein; Caer Castell

In the community of Gorslas.
In the historic county of Carmarthenshire.
Modern authority of Carmarthenshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SN57251580
Latitude 51.82240° Longitude -4.07271°

Castell y Garreg, Gorslas has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


Motte? or hillfort? quarried away before 1906 The castle of Lle Gareig is noted by Leland as standing upon a hill between the two Gwendraeth rivers. Lloyd includes it in his discussion of mottes and places it at Castell y Garreg. On this farm the RCAHM note the field name Cae'r Castell The showing of a stone castle on the Saxton map be an error - Carreg Cennen is not shown at the correct position and may have been translocated to here. Delaney and visitor. 1985. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Lle Careig in Lattin Palatinas Cragus. The Castle of Lie Careig that hathe bene so famous standing upon a hy rok stepid on every syde, from whens the great rise of Wales derivith, as from the Princis, his lyne, is apon the hill that standithe betwixt the 2. Vendraiths. It is now but ruine, and no very greate distaunce from it is a nothar stepe rok caullyd Craig Dinas, whereby in the bottom some say that ther hathe bene a towne. And that there hathe bene a bridge bitwyxt these 2. rokks. This brige for stepenes was nevar archid with stone. A lesse lykelyhode ther is that it was of tymbar, the distaunce of the 2. rokks be suche. And there is also a hole by the heade of Wendraith Vehan, where men use to entre in, and there they say be spatius waulks, and that thens gouithe one way undar the ground to Worme hedde, and a nother to Cair Kennen' Castle a 3. miles and more into the land. (Leland)

A castle called Lychewein is identified in the early C13. Castle y Garreg, Gorlais is identified as that castle by Lloyd but Hogg and King write no earthwork is recorded there and identify Lychewein as Castell y Rhingyll. Much of the area has been intensively quarried but it does seem strange that such a castle of note, as regarded by Leland, should be so lost from record and folklore.
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