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Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly castle is one of the great castlesof West Wales, built to dominate and protect the route from England to West Wales. Set on a promentary above the river Gwendraeth in Carmarthenshire the fist castle was built by in 1106 by Roger, bishop of Salisbury, the justiciar of England. The current stone built castle dates from around 1200AD with the final building work completed about 1496, never one to rush themselves were the Norman English.

It saw plenty of action in the Welsh Wars and later was besieged by the by forces of Owain Glyndwr (Owen Glendower ) the last native Welsh Prince of Wales.

The last time this castle saw action was in the filming of the epic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" where it can be seen in the very first scene.

 

Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly castle is one of the great castlesof West Wales, built to dominate and protect the route from England to West Wales. Set on a promentary above the river Gwendraeth in Carmarthenshire the fist castle was built by in 1106 by Roger, bishop of Salisbury, the justiciar of England. The current stone built castle dates from around 1200AD with the final building work completed about 1496, never one to rush themselves were the Norman English.

It saw plenty of action in the Welsh Wars and later was besieged by the by forces of Owain Glyndwr (Owen Glendower ) the last native Welsh Prince of Wales.

The last time this castle saw action was in the filming of the epic film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" where it can be seen in the very first scene.

 

comments (7)

Lovely capture of an impressive castle. One day I have to tour England and visit a few.
Les Auld: Don't forget Scotland and Wales, you will find a grand selection there as well. Thanks for the comment.
It is indeed an impressive looking castle grin
Les Auld: It's pretty big inside as well, thnaks for the comment.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 10 Sep 2007, 10:13
I always find it so incredible how long these places have been around. Lovely capture.
Les Auld: And they have taken quite a bit of punishment over the years, thanks for the comment.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2007, 12:25
Nice angle, great shot.
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, appreciate the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Sep 2007, 16:41
Great picture of this old castle. The workforce must have strict on lunch times to take that long smile
Les Auld: Strict union rules, only work 364 dyas a year with christmas day off. Trouble was the architect and owners could never agree on the design. Thanks for the comment Louis.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Sep 2007, 20:44
You are really making me want to go back to Scotland, Les, as well as to Wales, which I've never seen. Such rich history!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I'm sure you would find so much to see in bnoth Scotland and wales. Both fine places full of history.
This type of photographies for my, is impressive. They enchant the old castles that transport to the medieval time!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose-Angel, Kidwelly is an impressive castle for sure, set on a hill above the village.

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