A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire

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 Tower. Before taking you on aContinue reading “A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire”

A tour of the Medieval Defences of Southampton

Southampton in Hampshire is often overlooked as a heritage destination. This is perhaps understandable as it is a large and busy port, with the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester only a short distance away. Yet Southampton is fortunate enough to possess some of the best surviving urban medieval fortifications in England. This was due toContinue reading “A tour of the Medieval Defences of Southampton”

Edward I at Conwy Castle on Christmas Day 1294 and the Madog ap Llywelyn Rebellion

On Christmas Day 1294 King Edward I was at Conwy Castle in north Wales. He was attended by many members of his nobility and household. It would ordinarily be expected that this would be a happy occasion with the king being able to enjoy residing in one of his grand new castles in Wales, whichContinue reading “Edward I at Conwy Castle on Christmas Day 1294 and the Madog ap Llywelyn Rebellion”

A Survey of Oswestry Castle in 1397

(Oswestry Castle) Oswestry in Shropshire was once an important border castle in the Welsh Marches. Its situation on the top of a natural mound meant that it would have dominated the surrounding landscape, with its main feature being a great tower (otherwise known as a keep). However, the systematic destruction of the site in theContinue reading “A Survey of Oswestry Castle in 1397”

My Ten Favourite Castles in England

Over the past year or so I have been on a quest to visit as many castles in England (and Wales) as possible. This has meant that I have seen some wonderful places around the country (although there are many more that I intend to visit). However, in this blog post I am going toContinue reading “My Ten Favourite Castles in England”