Sunday, 8 July 2012

Cilgerran Castle


Wales has many historic castles, and Cilgerran is a particularly evocative example.  Set high above the River Teifi, a castle has occupied this site since the 1100s and the existing structure probably dates back to 1220 or thereabouts. It was fought over many times, and was held for a while by Owain Glyndwr during the Welsh wars of independence but it ceased to be a military stronghold in the 1400s.  It has been in ruins for at least 500 years but is still a romantic and imposing structure.  It's now run by the National Trust.


4 comments:

  1. Places like this always feel as though their density owes as much to the concentration of history, as the building materials.

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    1. Interesting thought, Martin. It certainly did feel like there was a weight of history there. The area was hotly contested by the Welsh and the English over the years.

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  2. A forerunner of the modern gated community.

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