Monthly Archives: July 2015

An up-to-the-minute castle

When Edward I built Conwy he was into shock and awe. It was the mid 1280’s, he’d just won great battles and he was, by all he held dear, going to hold North Wales. In four years – four years! … Continue reading

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Sunshine, towers and Tudors in Plas Mawr

I was not suddenly transplanted to Cadiz, taking pictures of one of their torres, where they watched out for returning ships. This lookalike was built by Robert Wynne, who had travelled widely in the train of one of Henry VIII’s … Continue reading

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The Translators’ Cathedral

The little town of St Asaph, Llanelwy in Welsh, sits on the pilgrim trail from Holywell on the north east coast to Holyhead on Anglesey, the leaving point for the holy island of Bardsey. It was an useful stopping place … Continue reading

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Castle/home: Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn to George Herbert, the Princes of Powis

Powis castle sits proud on its hill, looking east to England, and in every other direction surveying Wales. Its red-brick, elegant fenestration and statued courtyards belie its early history as a defensive castle for the Welsh borders. The gatehouse is … Continue reading

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