Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

HARLECH CASTLE


HARLECH CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

A powerful castle, built on a rock near the sea, which was started in 1283 by King Edward 1 to control the Welsh. Within a year it was defendable, but it was not finally competed for another seven years. The defences were based on four corner round towers and a strong gatehouse, overlooking the sea which then came right up to the cliff. A flight of stairs protected by 2 gates led down to the sea to bring in goods by boat. It was captured by the Welsh after a long siege in 1404, but was regained in 1409 after being badly damaged in a second siege. During the Civil War it held out against Parliament for 9 months until the end of the war after which some of the defences were slighted, but it is still well preserved.

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Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the A496, south of Porthmadog
Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2YH

 



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