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Harlech Castle


One of Edward1st's Iron Ring of castles built to contain the Welsh after the Welsh Wars at the end of the Thirteenth Century. Standing high on a rock jutting out towards Cardigan Bay on the edge of Snowdonia it is a strong castle with high walls, tall towers and an impressive double towered gatehouse. At the height of it's construction, in 1286, the workforce was 546 general labourers, 115 quarriers, 30 blacksmiths, 22 carpenters and 227 stonemasons.

Altough the castle was strongly fortified it did fall to Owain Glyndwr in 1404 after a long siege. Four years later, after another long siege it was retaken by the English under Prince Henry.

The castle also holds the record for the longest siege in Brtain during the Wars of the Roses when, held by its Welsh constable Dafydd ap lwuan as a Lancastrian stronghold. it held out for severn years, in 1468 it was the last Lancastrian fortress to surrender.

It was this siege that lead to the writing of the song "Men of Harlech". So leading otno one of my favourite films - Zulu - a grand film but with historical inaccuarcies as well. The 2nd Battalion/24th Foot was actually a Warwickshire regiment, two years after the Zulu war it became the South Wales Borderers during the Caldwell Army Reforms. At the time of Rorkes Drift there were only 19 men with any sort of Welsh connection and Men of Harlech was not sung during the battle. But all in all the Film was good.

">Men of Harlech

This version was specially written for the film, the original version tells the story of Dafydd and his boast of holding out against the Yorkist enemy.


Harlech Castle


One of Edward1st's Iron Ring of castles built to contain the Welsh after the Welsh Wars at the end of the Thirteenth Century. Standing high on a rock jutting out towards Cardigan Bay on the edge of Snowdonia it is a strong castle with high walls, tall towers and an impressive double towered gatehouse. At the height of it's construction, in 1286, the workforce was 546 general labourers, 115 quarriers, 30 blacksmiths, 22 carpenters and 227 stonemasons.

Altough the castle was strongly fortified it did fall to Owain Glyndwr in 1404 after a long siege. Four years later, after another long siege it was retaken by the English under Prince Henry.

The castle also holds the record for the longest siege in Brtain during the Wars of the Roses when, held by its Welsh constable Dafydd ap lwuan as a Lancastrian stronghold. it held out for severn years, in 1468 it was the last Lancastrian fortress to surrender.

It was this siege that lead to the writing of the song "Men of Harlech". So leading otno one of my favourite films - Zulu - a grand film but with historical inaccuarcies as well. The 2nd Battalion/24th Foot was actually a Warwickshire regiment, two years after the Zulu war it became the South Wales Borderers during the Caldwell Army Reforms. At the time of Rorkes Drift there were only 19 men with any sort of Welsh connection and Men of Harlech was not sung during the battle. But all in all the Film was good.

">Men of Harlech

This version was specially written for the film, the original version tells the story of Dafydd and his boast of holding out against the Yorkist enemy.


comments (9)

Excellent shot of this fascinating castle. Like the framing with the wall on the right and the stunning details.
Les Auld: Thanks John, appreciate the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Oct 2009, 07:36
Great image Les made even better by the music echoing in my ears
Les Auld: Very stirring music indeed Zed, thanks for the comment.
Terrific shot Les...Having been there..although not with a decent camera..as I found that you do need a wide angle lens. This shows it all. Well done.
Les Auld: It is difficult to get it all in Ron, thanks for the comment.
I lived in Wales (Cardiff) and unfortunately never got to see this Castle. Had I known all its history I would have undoubtedly gone to visit it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful shot and for giving us a very interesting text.
Les Auld: My pleasure Bernard, thanks for the comment.
I have been here,lovely to see it again, Nice Les
Les Auld: Thanks Linda smile
Excellent picture Les, we stayed in harlech once but the castle was closed being evening. Nice bit of singing on the video as well.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Oct 2009, 23:24
I know it would be a shame to loose the colour in the fine Welsh Dragon flags, but I cannot help thinking that this would make a dramatic B&W shot. I can feel my fingers sliding up the contrast as I write ;o)

I wonder if the English fans will be rehearsing "Men of Harlech" for the Word Cup next year.
Les Auld: I did do a mono version of it but never posted, thanks for the comemnt.
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 18 Oct 2009, 23:49
Super shot and castle Les,the only other castles that give as much pleasure came from the G.W.R. You have chosen a clip from my favourite film as well!!! That chap Owain must have been some real legend in his time.
Les Auld: Strangely I did like the GWR Castles Graham, one of the great steamers. Thanks for the comment.
Nice.
Les Auld: Thanks smile

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