Richard the Third and his links with Carmarthen
The death and recently excavated remains of Richard the Third are currently in the news and visitors to Carmarthen will be interested to know that the Welsh soldier who was said to have been responsible for his death at The Battle of Bosworth in 1485 was Rhys ap Thomas of Dynevor. His remains lie in St Peter’s Church at the top of King Street in the town. Rhys was born in Llandeilo in 1449 and died in 1525 when he was buried at The Friary in Carmarthen. The tomb was moved to St Peter’s 13 years later where it still lies.
Rhys Ap Thomas 1449 – 1525 – what actually happened?
In August 1485 Henry Tudor and Rhys’s forces marched separately through Wales, with Rhys recruiting 500 men as he proceeded. They rejoined at Welshpool before crossing into England. Rhys’s Welsh force was described as being large enough to have “annihilated” the rest of Henry’s army. On 22 August, they met the army of Richard the Third near Market Bosworth. In the resulting Battle of Bosworth, Richard the Third launched an attack led by John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk. According to a contemporary ballad, Rhys’s men halted the assault. “Norfolk’s line began to break under pressure from Rhys ap Thomas’s men” and the Duke was killed by an arrow shot. In desperation to kill Henry, Richard the Third charged directly at him. He was unhorsed and surrounded. The poet Guto’r Glyn implies that Rhys himself was responsible for killing Richard, possibly with a poll axe. It could be that one of Rhys’s Welsh halberdiers killed the king, Guto’r Glyn himself says that Rhys was “like the stars of a shield with the spear in their midst on a great steed” (“A Syr Rys mal sŷr aesaw, Â’r gwayw’n eu mysg ar gnyw mawr”). He was knighted on the field of battle.
Rhys’s estates and offices were meant to pass to his grandson and heir Rhys ap Gruffydd, however they were taken by the Crown and given to Lord Ferrers for life. Rhys ap Gruffydd was later beheaded by Henry VIII in 1531 for treason after fighting Ferrers and provoking civil unrest amongst the citizens of Carmarthen who were still angry about the disinheritance.
St Peter’s Church – Carmarthen
The church is one of the largest in the Diocese of St David’s being 52 metres long from west to east. It is built of local stone and and was renovated quite extensively in 2000 – 01. There is a memorial tablet to Dr Robert Ferrar who was one of 5 bishops burnt at the stake and the only one in Wales during the reign of Queen Mary in 1555.
Some of the visitors who stay at Old Oak Barn love visiting Carmarthen Museum in Abergwilli, The Castle ruins and the churches in the town. Nearly 2000 years of history surround the ancient parish church of St Peter which is by far the oldest in the town and well worth a visit. The organ itself was originally ordered by George Third and built for Windsor Castle but ended up in Carmarthen many years ago! It was rebuilt in 2001.
New photos of Old Oak Barn self catering holiday let in Carmarthenshire – open this winter for short breaks!
We have some great new photos of Old Oak Barn taken in November on a crisp sunny afternoon. They complement the new Old Oak Barn 360Virtual Tour which was taken on the same day.
The first photo shows how sunny the south facing patio is at any time of the year. The highly scented white jasmine was still in leaf and will need a good trim soon!
The photo above of the kitchen shows how spacious this room is. With two windows and a stable door it is always light and airy.The large main room is a wonderful space to relax and enjoy company of friends and family. The hand crafted alder floor was sawn from timber grown in the woods on the farm. Wifi is available in every room and so far has been very reliable and visitors appreciate the fact this is included in the price.
Two bedrooms are more than comfortable and both are simply furnished too. Both have veluxes and high ceilings but are warm and cosy all year round with underfloor heating from the biomass boiler which uses sustainable wood we produce ourselves from managed woodlands either here or in Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire.
The delightful bathroom overlooks the shrubbery and down to the little stream at the back. In May you can almost smell the bluebells if the window is open. Warm floor to hop on after a shower or a bath is lovely and there is plenty of space in this room for extra bits and bobs.
The views from every room are magnificent and give an indication of the lovely rural setting of Old Oak Barn.
Down at the bottom of your private garden is a patch of lawn with a washing line and two small swings suitable for little ones. We are open all year round for holidays and short breaks including long weekends out of the main season. Currently we have a few days available between Christmas and New Year for those wanting to get away and discover Carmarthenshire for themselves, 26 December until 30 December – please phone.
We are very child friendly and can promise there are lots of good books, toys, games and puzzles for all ages. A small selection of DVDs and CDs is also available.