White Castle - Ruin - Abergavenny, Wales.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 50.777 W 002° 54.148
30U E 506718 N 5743946
Quick Description: White Castle is a Welsh gem. Substantial round towers guard the heart of the castle, the outer defences include an impressive moat. Located in the beautiful surrounding countryside, of Llantilio Crossenny, South Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 5:30:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMMDPW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
"White Castle now stands on a low hill about a mile from the village of Llantilio Crossenny. The Welsh form of the name, Castell Gwyn, is said to derive from a local ruler of early Norman times, Gwyn ap Gwaethfoed, but the original name of the castle was Llantilio Castle, and the alternative - first recorded in the 13th century - refers to the white rendering which is still visible on parts of the exterior walls.
The earthworks of White Castle compromise three separate enclosures. In the center is the pear-shaped inner ward, surrounded by a wet moat with stone revetted sides, and containing the walls and towers of the main defences of the castle. To the south is a crescentic hornwork. On the north - the side from which visitors approach the castle - is an outer ward with its own stone curtain wall, towers, and a gatehouse surmounting the basic earthworks. Initially, this third area was part of a much larger outer enclosure which surrounded the entire eastern half of the castle. Some traces of its defensive bank can be seen on the ground, but it is much clearer when seen in an aerial photograph." Text Source: (visit link)

"White Castle is the best preserved of the Three Castles, namely, White, Skenfrith and Grosmont. The heart of this castle is surrounded by powerful round towers.

The Three Castles are usually grouped together because for a large part of their history they were part of a block of territory under the control of a single lord, Hubert de Burgh.

Hubert had gleaned a great deal about military architecture from his time fighting in France. He rebuilt Skenfrith and Grosmont in stone, adding domestic apartments to both castles, so that they could be used as lordly residences. However, this doesn’t seem to have been the case with White. Rather than a nobleman’s residence, it seems to have been built for military work. A workhorse of a castle, you might say. The internal buildings did, however, include a chapel, hall and kitchen, but were more befitting a garrison commander than a great lord.

After Hubert de Burgh, the Three Castles were held in royal hands, and in 1254 Henry III granted them to his eldest son, the future Edward I. The rest is, as they say, history!" Text Source: (visit link)
Type: Ruin

Fee: Yes - Adult - £3.00

1 April - 2 November 2014. Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm Entry price for Adults is £3, Cadw members free. - I am a Cadw member.

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