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Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kidwelly

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Birthplace: Glos, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Death: Died in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, England/Wales
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Son of Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kempsford and Hawise de Londres
Husband of Isabella de Beauchamp, Countess Winchester
Father of Maud de Chaworth
Brother of Payne de Chaworth; Hervey de Chaworth; Eva/Eve de Chaworth; Anne (Agnes) de Chaworth; Robert de Chaworth and 1 other

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About Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kidwelly

Sir Patrick was Lord of Kidwelly, in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I217015&tree=Welsh

http://www.mathematical.com/chaworthpatrick1238.html

http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/htm/de-chaworth.htm

http://thepeerage.com/p356.htm#i3557

http://www.castlewales.com/kidwelly.html [source of photo]:

Kidwelly is a mighty and imposing monument of Norman power. It is also a beautiful example of castle development, as the castle was dramatically altered on a number of occasions to conform to the latest thinking in military science. Roger, bishop of Salisbury, the justiciar of England, established Norman power in the area and the ringwork castle (shown below) that he built here was one of a series of strongholds designed by the Normans to secure the new conquests of south Wales by commanding the river passes here and at Laugharne, Llansteffan and Loughor.

The ringwork at Kidwelly was constructed on a steep ridge overlooking the River Gwendraeth at its upper tidal limit. No further strengthening was needed on the riverside, and the present semicircular bank and ditch formed the 12th-century defences which would have been supplemented by a timber palisade on the bank, probably further strengthened by towers and certainly by a gate. In the interior would have been the timber domestic buildings of the lord. This castle fell to the Welsh on a number of occasions in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, including once in 1159 when the Lord Rhys took it and burnt it. He is later credited with rebuilding the castle in 1190. By 1201, however, it was back in Norman hands and remained English from then on, despite periodic attacks.

In the mid-13th century the de Chaworth family gained possession, and began a long work of building the mighty stone castle that we see today. The earliest parts are best viewed from the centre of the castle, as they consist of the square inner ward with the four large round corner towers and simple portcullis gates to the north and south. By building this inner ward, set as it is within the outer ward, Pain de Chaworth converted Kidwelly into a strong concentric castle, with an inner and outer ring of defences.

Kidwelly passed by marriage in 1298 to Henry, earl of Lancaster, who quickly set about upgrading the accommodation to suit his status. A large first-floor hall reached by a semicircular external stair was built on the east; this has largely fallen, though the wall footings and a fireplace can still be seen. The chapel, housed in a projecting tower overlooking the river, was also built at this time, and the massive spur buttresses of the tower are a distinctive feature of the castle and are best seen from the outside. The chapel has white Sutton-stone mouldings around the doors and windows, piscina and sedile, making it one of the finest parts of the castle. A small building on the south of the chapel house housed the sacristy above the priest's bedchamber. Its fine cruciform roof can be seen from the wall-walk leading from the Great Gatehouse....


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Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kidwelly's Timeline

1250
1250
Glos, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
1281
1281
Age 31
Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England
1282
February 2, 1282
Age 32
Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
1283
July 7, 1283
Age 33
Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, England/Wales
1912
June 25, 1912
Age 33
1918
December 21, 1918
Age 33
1937
April 30, 1937
Age 33
April 30, 1937
Age 33
April 30, 1937
Age 33
April 30, 1937
Age 33