Location: Pembrokeshire, Carew, Wales.
Condition: Partially restored.
Ownership / Access: Carew Family.
Opening Times: Check their website for more info.
Price of Admission: Check their website for more info.
Notes: Carew Castle is a castle in the civil parish of Carew in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire. The famous Carew family take their name from the place, and still own the castle, although it is leased to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which administers the site. Carew Mill is the only intact tidal mill in Wales and one of only four in Britain. While its precise date of origin is uncertain, documentary evidence indicates a mill of some kind was here in 1542. The first reference to a causeway comes in a commission of 1630, indicating that Sir John Carew had restored the floodgates and causeway walls some 15 years earlier. The present building dates from the early 19th century and indeed one of the two mill wheels carries the date 1801. The mill has also often been referred to as the "French Mill", which may be a reference to the use of French burr grinding stones or to its French inspired design. Although no longer working, all the mill machinery is still intact. The tidal pond has an area of 9 hectares (22 acres) and even this far inland the tide could provide significantly more power than the regular flow of a river.The castle was then abandoned and allowed to decay. Much of the structure was looted for building stone and for lime burning. Since 1984 Cadw has funded a substantial amount of restoration performed by the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority.
How To Get To Carew Castle (Map):
Carew Castle Links:Carew Castle On Wikipedia
Carew Castle & Tidal Mill - Official Website
MyPembrokeshire.com - History & Heritage - Carew Castle