Caerphilly Castle -
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 51° 34.572 W 003° 13.152
30U E 484810 N 5713926
Quick Description: Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval castle that dominates the centre of the town of Caerphilly in south Wales. It is the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain after Windsor Castle.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/5/2010 4:45:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM9MN5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue Man
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Long Description:
Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. with a Grade I Status.
Several factors give it this pre-eminence - its immense size (1.2h), making it the largest in Britain after Windsor, its large-scale use of water for defence and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain. Of the time of its building in the late 13th century, it was a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning

One of Henry III's most powerful and ambitious barons, Gilbert de Clare, lord of Glamorgan, built this castle. His purpose was to secure the area and prevent lowland south Wales from falling into the hands of the Welsh leader Llywelyn the Last, who controlled most of mid and north Wales. De Clare built other castles on the northern fringes of his territory for the same purpose, such as Castell Coch. He had seized the upland district of Senghenydd, in which Caerphilly lies, from the Welsh in 1266 to act as a buffer against Llywelyn's southward ambitions. Llywelyn realised the threat and tried but failed to prevent the castle from being built; it was begun on 11 April 1268, was attacked by Llywelyn in 1270, and was begun again in 1271. This time it was completed without hindrance. Its message was not lost on Llywelyn, who retreated northwards.
Apart from the remodelling of the great hall and other domestic works in 1322-6 for Hugh le Despenser, no more alterations were carried out, making it a very pure example of late 13th-century military architecture.

details from leaflet

admission is free if you are 60 and over and live in south wales.
otherwise adults £3.60
Accessibility: Partial access

Condition: Partly ruined

Admission Charge?: yes

Website: [Web Link]

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