welsh architecture

monnow bridge ▴ monmouth, monmouthshire, wales

monnow is the only remaining fortified river bridge in great britain with its gate tower standing on the bridge. the original bridge was constructed in the mid-12th century, with its timber dating to trees felled between 1123 and 1169. the stone finish and gate house were constructed in the late 13th century. in 1804, the monmouth antiquarian charles heath wrote that the bridge’s “foundation is so ancient that neither history or tradition afford any light respecting the date of its erection”.

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Wales - Caernarfon, Llanrwst, Llanberis, Conwy, Pistyll Rhaedr, Chepstow, Snowdonia, Betws-y-Coed,  Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Llanberis Pass

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St. Quintin’s Castle (Llanblethian Castle)
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales by Matthew Wells

The fortifications at St. Quintin’s are believed to date back to at least 1102 CE. Originally, the fort was a simple ringwork structure with timber walls – not uncommon in the years following the Norman Invasion. It wasn’t until 1307 CE, however, that the earlier wood structures were replaced with stone. In the late medieval era, St. Quintin’s was being used as a local jail. Sadly, it’s been in ruin since the mid 18th century. 

ketami2  asked:

So this may be a random question but you are the only person I can think to ask. I'm looking for information on early 6th century Welsh architecture. Do you happen to know anywhere I can look for references? I've tried search engines and even a few libraries and book stores and I don't think I'm looking in the correct place. Thank you.

You are looking for information about a time in history where Wales society was composed of separate kingdoms, like Gwynedd and Powys. The Romans had just left and tribe fighting was rampant for control of the lands. Some call this time Post-Roman Wales and the Age of the Saints but few architectural works remain from that time.

tumblrverse, any information would be welcomed!

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Dolwyddelan Castle (Castell Dolwyddelan)
Conwy, Wales by nicnac1000

Built in the early 13th Century, Dolwyddelan Castle once served as a major guard post along the route through northern Wales. The castle was captured by the English King Edward I in 1283 during his conquest of the country. English forces remained here until 1290, at which point the King shifted his focus to settlements along the sea.

Chirk Castle (Castell y Waun)
Wrexham, Wales by Upsadaisy2

Built in 1295 CE, Chirk Castle was one of many such fortifications built during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Originally home to an Anglo-Norman family – the Mortimer de Chirk – the castle was sold to Thomas Myddelton in 1593. The Myddeltons first sided with the Parliament during the English Civil War (1642-1651), but in 1659 fought alongside George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer, for the restoration of Charles II.