Wiston Castle (Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
Wiston Castle was a motte and bailey castle founded by the amazingly named Wizo, a Flemish settler who also founded Wiston village. Wizo was granted the land from Henry I once he had removed the occupying Welsh. In both 1147 and 1193 the castle was captured by the Welsh, but on each occasion the Wizo clan managed to retake it.
The castle was demolished in 1220 by Llywelyn the Great but restored by William Marshall the younger, Earl of Pembroke. At some point after 1220 the castle was abandoned partway through work to replace the existing timber structure with the circular Norman shell keep that remains visible to this day. The 13th century owner, Sir John Wogan, later moved to Picton Castle nearby.
It is considered one the finest motte and bailey type castles in the UK, and thanks to its location near several other notable south-west Wales castles, if you're in the area it's definitely worth a detour. The site is managed by CADW and is free to access.
Photos taken April 2018