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St Clears

St Clears is an ancient town of Norman origins, though today's town is centred on the railway rather than the old castle to the south of the town. St Clears is by-passed by the A40 and trains no longer stop.

The Motte of St Clears Castle, at 12 metres, the highest in Wales believed to have been surmounted by a stone keep replacing the earlier wooden structure. The bailey, now a recreation field was quite extensive. The castle stood on high ground at the confluence of the River Taf and Afon Dewi Fawr

The River Taf was navigable for ships of up to two hundred tons until the early 19th century and the stone quay is still visible.

The Quay

Boats on the still tidal Afon Dewi Fawr

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