Caerphilly Castle - Castell Caerffili, Wales.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 34.574 W 003° 13.108
30U E 484860 N 5713929
Quick Description: Caerphilly Castle (Welsh:- Castell Caerffili) a medieval castle that dominates the centre of this Welsh Town. It is the largest castle in Wales
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/7/2011 11:05:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMD22T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
Caerphilly Castle, Wales largest castle,
and One of the largest medieval fortresses in Britain, begun in 1268 by the Anglo-Norman marcher lord, Gilbert de Clare.

Concentrically planned, the rings of stone and moat defences are formidable even today.

Famous for its 'leaning tower'
( the tower that outleans that of Pisa !).

Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. Several factors give it this pre-eminence - its immense size 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.

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Type: Ruin

Fee: yes, :- Adult: £4.00

Open daily: 1st April - 30th June 9.30am - 5pm, 1st July - 31st Aug 9.30am - 6pm, 1st Sept - 31st Oct 9.30am - 5pm, 1st Nov 2011 - 29th Feb 2012 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat, 11am - 4pm Sun, 1st - 31st March 2012 9.30am - 5pm.

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