his battle headquarters at the castle of Bere, on hearing what
had happened at Caerphilly, Llywelyn sent instructions to his
brother Dafydd at Denbigh castle to march south from northern
Gwynedd at all speed. When the two brothers met with their respective
army's south of Builth Wells on a cold wet morning in October
of 1270, the battle group was also joined by the forces of Gruffudd
ap Gwenwynwyn of Powys. Within a matter of days of their meeting,
under Llywelyn's command, the three Welsh princes and their men
began crossing the mountains to the south of Brecon on their way
Nothing was left after the Welsh army had completed its attack,
it was even burnt to ensure that the timbers couldn't be used
again. However, intervention and skillful negotiation by king
Henry III, avoided a complete all out war. Gilbert de Clare was
severely reprimanded and Llywelyn, thinking that was then the
end of the matter, withdrew. By the spring of the following year
the castle was being rebuilt.
So for the next few years the castle continued to rise and begin
its domination of the local skyline. However, as more and more
building work continued to complete the castles intricate defence
system, so the Clare family were finding the cost enormous. It
came as no surprise when one heard that the de Clares had conveyed
it to the Despenser family.
In 1316 Llywelyn Bren made a futile attack against the powerful
fortress during his rebellion. Unfortunately Llywelyn was captured
during the attack, his demise in 1318 by the order of Hugh le
Despenser nearly caused another national uprising. Unfortunately
there was no Prince of Wales to lead an attack.
During the English civil war the castle saw very little action,
but as one can see by the leaning tower today it saw the use of
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