Llandovery has always centred around its old cobbled Market Square with the Market Hall and Town Clock. This was built by a syndicate composed mainly of townspeople and now provides a lovely little indoor shopping experience with a well-loved café.
The Town Hall was erected by public subscription and a grant from the Treasury. Today the building houses a library.
In Broad Street stands the simple by dignified Memorial of a Soldier on a stone pedestal which bears the names of those from the borough who gave their lives in the last two years.
The original buildings of Llandovery College, erected last century in the Gothic style still form a notable architectural feature of the town. In more recent times additional blocks and a chapel have been added.
Adjacent to the Castle Sports Ground stands the Castle Mound. There are remains of the north and west towers (erected in the latter part of the 12th century).
Through the Centuries
47 - 410 A.D.Roman TimesLlandovery has a long history. Nearly two thousand years ago the Romans erected a fort on the site where Llanfair Church now stands. Known as Alabam, it was strategically situated on the hill and covered about five acres. Its purpose was to guard and maintain the road between Brecon and Carmarthen, and the road from Llandovery to the gold mines at Dolaucothi and on to Llanio. From the various relics found in the vicinity it would seem that this fort was garrisoned from the end of the 1st century A.D to about the middle of the 4th Century.
Medieval DaysIt was not until nearly eight hundred years later that the present town of Llandovery began to develop around the castle which was erected soon after the Norman Conquest. The first known reference to the stronghold is in 1116 when it was attacked by Gruffydd Ap Rhys Ap Tewdur. At this time it was probably an earthen and timber structure, being later rebuilt in stone, probably in 1282 when it passed into the possession of John Giffard after the subjugation of Wales by Edward I. Beseiged on various occasions, Llandovery Castle was thought to have been demolished at the end of the Civil War.
Borough HistoryBy a charter granted by Richard III in 1485, Llandovery was created a free borough with many privileges. This charter was confirmed in 1531 by Henry VIII and again in 1590 by Elizabeth I. The latter confirmation, written in Latin is still preserved and a framed translation hangs on the wall in the Museum. The borough was administrated by a bailiff, the burgesses, and two sergeants-at-mace. The burgesses elected the bailiff and one of the sergeants, the other sergeant being appointed by the bailiff. The borough insignia includes two fine 17th century silver maces.
1914-1918World War 1
1939-1945World War 2