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Llancanery Castell

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

Llancanery Castell has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Nothing is know of a castle mentioned by Leland. (King 1983)

The hed of Tewe ryver cumynge to Cairmarden is in a forrest wodde caullyd Bysshopps Forest about a xxiiii. myles from Cairmarden, and the hed of this ryver is almoste in the midlewaye betwixt LLandewy streme and LLancanery Castell. (Leland)

There is no such placename in the 50000 OS gazetteer, nor is an alternative welsh spellings apparent.
The source of the River Towy is at SN803630 well inside the Cambrian Mountains on the boundary of Ceredigion and Powys. It enters Carmarthen at about SN798492 some 30 miles from Carmarthen (and rather longer by the line of the river itself). Much of the upper course of the Towy is woodland but there are no obvious 'Bishop's Forest' 'Bishop's Wood' 'Coed Escob' or 'Fforest Escob' place-names. There does not appear to be a Llandewi or Afon Dewi near either of these places.
Gatehouse suspect this may be some garbled reference to Llandovery Castle which is about 24 miles from Carmathen and which Leland doesn't otherwise mention.
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This record last updated 10/07/2016 04:48:48