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Historic Pembrokeshire castle to undergo major conservation work

Nevern Castle

One of north Pembrokeshire’s most ancient castles is to undergo a major conservation project in a bid to safeguard its magnificent square tower. 

Nevern Castle dates back to the 12th century when it played a significant role in the battle of control between the Welsh princes and the Anglo-Norman lords. As a result, the site remains a highly important landmark in Welsh medieval history. 

Partial conservation work to safeguard the castle was carried out by Cadw’s conservation arm, known as Cadwraeth during 2010.

Their investigations confirmed that the round tower was the first monument in Wales to be conserved in clay mortar and acted as a test bed for conservation techniques in Wales. 

The latest work will ensure that similar type of conservation work will be carried out to the square tower under the supervision of Dr Chris Cale of Durham University and Tomos Jones of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. 

The work will include cleaning down the walls to the top of the 12th century bedded walling, reseating any loose slates using clay mortar and building up additional support to protect the 12th century walling beneath, using appropriate slates and clay mortar. 

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are now inviting tenders to carry out the work. 

The deadline for submissions is midday on April 14, 2023.