A tour of Aberystwyth Castle, Ceredigion

(The north-west gate tower) The shattered remnants of Aberystwyth Castle give some idea of the splendour of this once mighty castle. Although overshadowed by its far better known contemporaries, such as Caernarfon, it is still an interesting site. Before taking you on a tour of the castle, I will begin with a brief overview of …

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A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire

(Side view of the Great Gatehouse) Denbigh Castle is without a doubt the finest magnate castle in north Wales and well worth a visit. It is situated in a prominent position overlooking the surrounding town and, despite its ruined state, still has an impressive appearance. Its highlights include the splendid triple-towered Great Gatehouse and Great Kitchen …

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A tour of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxford

This blog post is on the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Iffley in Oxford, quite possibly the finest Romanesque parish church in all of England. The building dates from the late twelfth century and has been subject to remarkably little change. The west facade of the church is quite simply breath-taking, with beautiful rows …

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