The original Norman castle built 1110 near the estuary of river Ystwyth near Rhydfelin about a mile and half from the present day town, was built of timber it did not last very long.
In the year 1211 a new castle was built, know body knows its exact location? But possibly it was built on the site of an earlier castle, documents referee to a castle by the name of Aber Rheidol date 1164.
Building of the present day Aberystwyth Castle by Edward I, began in August 1277 on land belonging formerly to the monks of Strata Florida.
The towns Original charter 1277 refers to the town as Llanbadr, derived from the parish llanbadarn, later documents refer to the town as Llanbadarn Gaerog, meaning fortified Llanbadarn.
In 1402 and 1404 during the occupation of the town by Owain Glyndwr the castle and town were refereed to as Aberystwyth. Subsequent documents refer to it as Llanbadarn, that is until the reign of queen Elizabeth I, after which it was always refereed to as Aberystwyth.
During the 18th and 19th century it was spelt Aberystwith, until December 1890 when the town council decided to make Aberystwyth the official spelling.
Ok a little home work for you now, what other towns or villages can you think of that begin with Aber? A couple spring to mind, but lets see what you can come up with? And if you can! write in the comments box below.
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