Not only known for its wide variety of sporting facilities, Whitland can claim to be the founding town for codified Welsh law, which is commemorated in the Hywel Dda Gardens & Interpretive Centre where six gardens represent the different divisions of the law as proclaimed by the “King of all Wales”, Hywel Dda in 928 AD,
Situated about 15 miles from Carmarthen on the River Tâf, Hendy-gwyn – as it is known in Welsh – is a thriving town and sports mad, with facilities for Rugby, cricket, bowls, basketball and football.
The Cistercian Whitland Abbey monks were instrumental in founding many daughter abbeys throughout Wales in the 1100s, but unfortunately all that remains of the Abbey are its foundations. Originally a Cambro-Norman institution, the Abbey came under the patronage of the Prince of Deheubarth, Rhys ap Gruffydd not long after its founding. It was here that Maredudd, son of Rhys became a monk in his later days after he was blinded at Henry II’s orders while being held as an English hostage.