Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

I already have one postcard with all the four castles, but they are so great that I wouldn't mind to have one postcard for each castle. I'm only missing three!

Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech Castles
This postcard was sent by Tündi

The four castles of Beaumaris, Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and the attendant fortified towns at Conwy and Caernarfon in Gwynedd, North Wales, are the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe, as demonstrated through their completeness, pristine state, evidence for organized domestic space, and extraordinary repertory of their medieval architectural form.
The castles as a stylistically coherent group are a supreme example of medieval military architecture designed and directed by James of St George (c. 1230-1309), King Edward I of England’s chief architect, and the greatest military architect of the age. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/374/

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle, located in the town of the same name on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, was built as part of Edward I's campaign to conquer the north of Wales after 1282. Plans were probably first made to construct the castle in 1284, but this was delayed due to lack of funds and work only began in 1295 following the Madog ap Llywelyn uprising. A substantial workforce was employed in the initial years under the direction of James of St George.
Beaumaris Castle was never fully built, but had it been completed it would probably have closely resembled Harlech Castle. Both castles are concentric in plan, with walls within walls, although Beaumaris is the more regular in design. - in: wikipedia

The four castles:

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Caernarfon Castle and Town Walls
  • Conwy Castle and Town Walls
  • Harlech Castle

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