Glamorgan Paranormal - Paranormal Activity In Wales
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Carew Castle was built between 1280-1310, much of the construction was by Sir Nicholas de Carew, a high ranking officer and distinguished soldier during the time of Edward I. He died around 1311 and was succeeded by his son John.
Sir Rhys ap Thomas was born in 1449 and acquired Carew Castle from Sir Nicholas de Carew's grandson, Edmund in 1480.
Sir Rhys was knighted and made Governor of Wales by Henry Tudor. He died in 1525.
The Castle was extended in the 15 th century which included the Great Hall transforming the castle into a delightful Tudor residence.
Sir John Perrot, who is reputed to be the natural son of Henry VIII, was born in 1530. He was granted governorship of Carew during Queen Elizabeth's reign and carried out reconstruction work at both Carew and Laugharne Castle, making extensive alterations.
Sir John had many enemies and rumours of treason found him taken to the Tower of London, where he was tried and convicted. It is believed Elizabeth refused to sign the warrant for his death, and so he was held there until 1592, when he died of natural causes.
Sir George Carew was the 3 rd son of Sir John Carew who had died in 1637.
In 1639, Sir George became sheriff of Pembrokeshire.
During the Civil War, George prepared the castle for defence and continued to live at Carew with his wife, Katherine and their family until his death in 1685.
A year after her husbands death, Katherine moved to Somerset.
One of the most famous stories associated with Carew is the life of Nest.
Nest who was born in 1080 was the daughter of the King of Deheubarth, Rhys ap Tewdwr.
After the death of her father, at the hands of the Normans in 1093, Nest was taken hostage by William Rufus. At only 15 years of age she became the mistress of Henry, William's younger brother and gave birth to his son at the age of 17 years old.
As Henry was due to marry Matilda arrangements were made for Nest to return to South Wales to marry Gerald de Windsor constable of Pembroke Castle, and she was to leave her son to Earl Hugh of Chester for him to look after.
Over the years, Nest had fallen in love with Gerald, and they had many children, including Angharad, who became the mother of Gerald of Wales.
Nest and Gerald held many parties at Carew, and at one particular party her cousin Owain ap Cadwgan was invited. Owain had not seen Nest for a long time and was amazed by her beauty.
One night in 1109, Owain, along with a raiding party, returned to Carew intending to kidnap Nest. Gerald took the children to hide in the sewers of the castle, yet Nest, who wanted to save her family, stayed and went willingly with her cousin. Although some stories suggest it is was actually Nest who carried Owain away from the castle.
Owain had held Nest at Cilgerran Castle, which is situated near Cardigan for quite a few years before Gerald managed to get her back. It is thought that during her captive years, Nest had given birth to two or more children. Angered by this news, Gerald swore revenge and a few years later during an ambush, Owain was killed by Gerald.
Another child that Nest gave birth to was a son by Bruno de Hait. It is said that news came to Carew of Geralds death, while he had been away. Nest was heartbroken and took comfort from Bruno. Four days later Gerald returned home. On Nest finding out she was pregnant, Bruno was dismissed from Carew. When the baby was born, it was sent to Bruno for him to look after.
After Geralds death, Nest remarried, Stephen Castellan of Cardigan and gave birth to more children.
It is believed Nest died around 1136.
There are thought to be several ghosts haunting Carew.
The ‘White Lady' is believed to be Nest, and has been witnessed to drift from room to room.
There is also said to be a ‘Celtic Warior' who haunts the castle.
It is possible the ghost of a ‘kitchen boy' maybe responsible for the clanking sounds of pots and pans heard coming from the kitchen.
The most unusual haunting is said to be a ‘Barbary Ape'. This species is a tail-less monkey which grows to a height of 30 inches, although females are slightly shorter. They are yellowish brown to grey in colour and their front limbs are slightly longer than their back limbs.
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