Conwy Castle guards one of the best preserved medieval fortified towns in Britain; located in the north central coastal area of Wales. Building began in 1283 and the castle was completed by 1287 at the cost of 20,000 pounds sterling, (forced labor on a massive scale was necessary to complete work in such a short period of time) making it the most expensive castle built in Wales between the years of 1277 and 1304. Upon its completion, Edward 1 was presented with an almost perfect structure of turretry in Great Britain, tailored to fit the rock site chosen to guard the entrance to the River Conwy. The towers are massive (70 feet tall and 33 feet in diameter) and the walls 13 feet thick. The castle was part of an impressive walled town with its walls guarded by 21 towers and three twin-towered gatehouses. It represented all that Edward stood for… strength, terror, dominion and permanence. The Welsh hated it, yet it was not beseiged until the Civil War. It was finally taken by Owain Glyndur’s supporters in 1401. After the 14th century, it was left to decay and by 1699 it was described as "utterly decayed," left as an impressive shell. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of Britain’s most impressive ruins.www.conwy.com and Conwytic@virgin.net
HORSE BRASS: CASTLE COLLECTION: Conwy
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