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Haverfordwest Town Walls

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hwlffordd; Castleton; Castle Town

In the community of Haverfordwest.
In the historic county of Pembrokeshire.
Modern authority of Pembrokeshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SM955155
Latitude 51.80271° Longitude -4.97253°

Haverfordwest Town Walls has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are masonry footings remains.


Haverfordwest is the county town of Pembrokeshire and was one of the largest towns in medieval Wales. There is no archaeological evidence for any activity on the site of the town prior to the Anglo-Norman conquest and the establishment of the castle by ‘Tancred the Fleming’ in 1100-1110. The town and castle occupy the lowest bridging point of the Western Cleddau, the strategic and economic value of which were factors in the choice of site and its subsequent development. The castle became the centre of an Anglo-Norman lordship, Rhos or Haverford, which nominally, at least, was a member of the Earldom of Pembroke. Around the castle developed a small settlement, known as the ‘Castleton’, which contained the parish church of St Martin and was eventually walled, but there is no record of a charter until 1207 when the town had already developed to a considerable size. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust, 1998, Historic Landscape Characterisation)

The early town, still known as Castleton, was strongly defended by C12-C13 walls, part of which survive as lines in property boundaries. Entry was via three gates in the west, north and north-east. The enlarged suburb also appear to have been defended as gates in Market and High Streets are recorded. The line of any walls for this phase is uncertain. (Coflein)

Grant of murage in 1264, for seven years, is probably associated with the enlargement of defences. The castles was also rebuilt at this time. The town was important in the medieval period and had considerable trade from its hinterland of 'the little England beyond Wales' and with Ireland, so murage would have raised money for these walls.
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