Cairns, stone circles, stone alignments, forts and standing stones from the Neolithic to the Iron Age are numerous in the hills that surround Llandovery.
Roman. ‘Alabum’ Roman fort is constructed at Llanfair-ar-y-bryn.
Early Medieval. Dingat, a son of Brychan Brycheiniog, establishes a settlement near the site of Llandingat Church.
Normans. The area around Llandovery is under Norman control by the end of the century.
Llandovery Castle first appears in the historical record, when it is unsuccessfully attacked by Gruffydd ap Rhys.
Llandovery is declared a borough
The Benedictine Priory of Great Malvern, builds a small priory in Llandovery.
Rhys ap Gruffydd (The Lord Rhys) takes Llandovery Castle.
Llandovery and its castle are in the hands of Edward I.
Late Medieval. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan of Caeo is hanged, drawn and quartered in the town.
Llandovery is destroyed by Owain Glyndŵr.
Tudor. A Charter of Incorporation is granted by Richard III to John Tuchet, Lord of Llandovery.
Rhys ap Thomas is granted the Lordship of Llandovery by Henry VII.
Llandovery castle is sacked and burned and becomes a source of stone for local houses.
Queen Elizabeth reconfirms the town’s charter.
Seventeenth Century. James I grants the Lordship of Llandovery to John Vaughan of Golden Grove.
Rhys Prytherch of Ystradwallter opens a school for dissenters.
Vicar Prichard dies. His poetical teachings combined with moral guidance were later collected in ‘The Welshman’s Candle’.
Welsh Quakers purchase a burial ground on the outskirts of the town.
Eighteenth Century. Birth of William Williams ‘Pantycelyn’, the foremost writer of Welsh hymns
The first Post Office opens with Lucy Lloyd as postmistress.
The Bank of the Black Ox is founded by David Jones, a former drover.
Nineteenth Century. Viscount Nelson stays with Sir William and Lady Hamilton at the Castle Hotel.
The Tonn Press is founded by William Rees and postmaster David Rice Rees.
Street lighting by oil is installed in the town.
A suspension bridge is built across the River Towy.
Llandovery College is founded.
Llandovery railway station opens.
Llandovery Gas Company is established.
Llandovery Rugby Club is a founder member of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Llandovery County High school opens as a school for girls. It begins to admit boys in 1910.
20th Century. The Lewis Fountain is erected in Market Square.
W.D. Caroe restores Llandingat Church (and Llanfair in 1913).
Llandovery Golf Club is established on land adjacent to the Brecon Road.
A livestock mart is opened.
Lloyd George given the freedom of the Borough.
Llandovery War Memorial is erected.
Llandovery Cottage Hospital opens.
Llandeilo and Llandovery Rural District Councils are merged.
A new mart opens
21st Century. A statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan is erected on the castle mound.
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