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Trecastle is a village in Powys, Wales, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Trecastle ("the town of the castle") is named after an early 12th century motte-and-bailey fortification, built by Bernard de Neufmarche (half-brother of William the Conqueror) and designed to protect Brecon from attack from the west. Despite this purpose, the area continued to be threatened, with King Edward I spending three days in Trecastle quelling a revolt in 1295. The fortification still exists, and is the largest of its type in the National Park.

Trecastle is situated on the A40 trunk road between Brecon and Llandovery. Near the village is the site of Y Pigwn, a Roman overnight military camp. Much later, Trecastle was used by coach travellers as a stopping point on the route from Gloucester to Llandovery.

By the 19th century Trecastle had 8 annual fairs, its own gasworks, two schools, a grain mill, two smithies, 16 shops and numerous pubs. Between 1830 and 1914, Trecastle and Llywel (1 mile to the west) are said to have had two of the most important wool mills in Brecknockshire. However, the arrival of a railway in Sennybridge (2 miles to the east) meant that Trecastle later lost its place as the trading centre for the area.


 Pubs/Bars in Trecastle:
 The Three Horse Shoes
       Trecastle
       Brecon
       Powys
       LD3 8UP
 01874 638057


 Hotels in Trecastle:
 Castle Coaching Inn
       Trecastle
       Brecon
       Powys
       LD3 8UH
 01874 636354


Trêcastle - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
TRÊCASTLE, an ancient ward of the borough of Brecknock, in the parish of Llywel, hundred of Devynock, union and county of Brecknock, South Wales, 11 miles (W. by N.) from Brecknock; containing 289 inhabitants. It derives its name from a castle, said to have formerly existed here; but by whom the fortress was erected, or at what time, cannot be clearly ascertained, neither are there at present any vestiges of it, except an artificial mound or tumulus on the northern side of the turnpike-road, which is supposed to have been its site. The origin of the place is involved in great obscurity, nor has it been satisfactorily shown by what means it became a part of the borough of Brecknock, from which it was separated, as regards municipal jurisdiction, on the recent abridgment of the limits of that town. It is conjectured that, having formed part of the lands of Idio Wyllt, son-in-law of Bleddyn ab Maenarch, Trêcastle fell, with the other territories belonging to the family, to Bernard Newmarch; and that, thus becoming connected with Brecknock, the head of that baron's possessions, it continued to form part of the great lordship of Brecknock, from which it was not divided even when, in the reign of Henry VIII., Brecknock first became shire ground. The present small village of Trêcastle seems to have formed the old town of Lluel, or Llywel, under which name it is frequently mentioned in the charter of Brecknock. It is situated on the northern bank of the river Usk, on the high road from Brecknock to Llandovery, and consists of a cluster of several houses, including a good inn and posting-house, from which it derives all the little importance it possesses. Fairs are held on January 17th, April 5th, May 21st, August 14th, November 13th, and December 14th.



 

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