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By John R. Kenyon

The Medieval Castles of Wales is a concise yet informative advisor that highlights an important and engaging medieval castles through the Welsh nation-state. the hole bankruptcy lines the background of chateau structure in Britain. The 5 next chapters—divided by way of region—guide the reader via those impressive buildings, with each one access that includes a background of the positioning, an outline of the obvious is still, and suitable vacationer details corresponding to maps and access costs. a last bankruptcy offers a quick review of castle-like constructions built because the 17th century and an intensive bibliography for extra studying.

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Colour plates 2 Caer Penrhos, Llanrhystud, showing an example of a ringwork castle. Here it has been built within an earlier, prehistoric, hillfort 16 pp. colour plates:16 pp. colour plates 14/9/10 10:46 Page 3 3 The interior of the chapel at Beaumaris Castle Page 4 10:46 14/9/10 16 pp. colour plates:16 pp. colour plates 4 The interior of Conwy Castle, looking west to the town and its walls beyond 16 pp. colour plates:16 pp. colour plates 14/9/10 10:46 Page 5 5 The gatehouse at Cricieth Castle 16 pp.

On the face of this tower small square holes mark the position of the original scaffolding that spiralled round the tower, providing a ramp for the masons, rather in the fashion of a helterskelter! :Medieval castles of Wales. 14/9/10 11:11 Page 33 The North-West as at battlement level, and there still remains evidence for little finials on the merlons, the merlons being the ‘teeth’ of the battlements, either side of the gaps known as crenels. Many of these features are repeated on the other seven towers of the castle.

A further doorway is situated in the same stretch of curtain wall, and a small doorway or postern is set in a short section of curtain wall dating to the English occupation, north-east of the keep. The two-storey west tower was built abutting the earlier curtain, the ground-floor chamber utilizing the earlier latrines, whilst a new set of latrines was built against the north-west corner of the curtain wall, to serve the first-floor chamber. That the first floor was the main chamber is shown by the large fireplace, and it must have been reached by an internal timber stair.

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