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Harlech Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Perched on a rock is a rectangular court with round corner towers and a huge twin-towered gatehouse. They are closely surrounded by an outer wall and a deep dry ditch. The sea has receded away from the base of the rock so that the water gate reached by steep flights of steps now faces only to fields. This side of the inner ward contains remains of a hall and apartments. This was another of Edward I series of castles built to enclose Snowdonia and dates from 1284-87 with very little later alteration or rebuilding.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th-century to fulfill this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his 'iron ring' of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness. Ironically, in 1404 it was taken b… Read more...

Written by  Donna Dawson.

“Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd”

'The castles of Beaumaris and Harlech (largely the work of the greatest military engineer of the time, James of St George) and the fortified complexes of Caernarfon and Conwy are located in the former principality of Gwynedd, in north Wales. These extre… Read more...

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