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was the first concentric castle to be built from scratch
in Britain and, despite sieges and neglect, remains one
of the most specacular military ruins in the world. She
was begun in 1268 by wealthy Marcher Lord Gilbert de
Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hereford, to counter the
rebellious activity of Llywelyn, Prince of Wales.
Llywelyn attacked and 'burnt' the infant castle in 1270,
but construction continued and when Llywelyn besieged
Caerphilly just a year later, he was defeated. The two
outer gatehouses were completed in 1277, with
construction of the hornwork, lake and some buildings
continuing until at least 1326.
1326 Edward II was on the run from his estranged wife
Isabella and her paramour Roger Mortimer and took refuge
in Caerphilly. By the time Isabella's siege resulted in
the castle's surrender, the king had long since fled,
leaving half his treasure and clothes behind.
of the Lego Model
Under construction beginning January 2005
began January 8. This
is the layout from the southeast, with
the Dam Platform & Main Outer
Gatehouse in the foreground.
17 the Dam Platform
and Main Outer Gatehouse are
complete. Note the Sluice outlet
on right center.
30 the island upon
which the inner is seated is
some detail of the
hoardings on the north curtain
wall under construction.
of the completed Lego Model
Built January - February, 2005
The photographs are arranged from east to west. My Centennial Castle has happily turned
out to be my biggest as well, not only in regards to size, but also by number of Lego pieces
required: Caerphilly was built from 31,950 blocks, larger than Chillon on Lake Geneva,
Switzerland by more than 1,250 bricks! I needed 23,495 light gray Lego pieces, including
449 3x3x6 castle wall corners, and 8,455 Lego of other colors for the infrastructure, grass,
etc. including 850 blue bricks and plates for the lakes.
|This is a
general view of
Caerphilly from the eastsoutheast.
I built the castle to fit my table...
extensions in place!
From the eastnortheast
prospective, the castle is
Platform - much
wider than I could
replicate [see plan].
to the castle complex
from the east is the
Outer Main Gatehouse
from the Dam
Platform side reiterates the
complexities tof the Tower.
south is the Guard
Tower, overshadowing the
view of the
mill emphasizes the
physical structure with
outlet to the outer lake
complex is also drained
via a sluice.
entered from the east
via another bridge
the first bridge-
drawbridge complex I've built
on an upward slant.
left side of the
island is the Kitchen
Annex and the South
Outer East Gatehouse
is the massive Inner East Gatehouse
and its flanking towers!
view of these towers
details their beauty as well as,
potency. Note the murder slots
above each door.
complex turret at
the back of each corner
tower is a reminder of the
creativity of this castle!
the military to the
opulent: the fabulous vestings
of 13th and 14th century Wales.
Pantry is a pristine
Chapel for the devout..
medieval stained glass -
all the more impressive.
Hall with quarters to the
right are so beautiful they were
thought to be a cathedral!
is notably smaller than its
on the curtain wall
guard the postern in the north-
west corner of the courtyard.
first attempt to build
hoardings and I think they
look quite functional.
postern stair in the
Transverse Block leads
directly from the Great
West Gatehouse is
windowless on the exterior.
The corner towers are identical
to those on the east end.
from the huge Western
Island into the Outer West Gate-
house is thought to have been the
original entrance to Caerphilly.
of the Outer Main Gatehouse and Dams
of the East Gatehouses
of the West Gatehouses
through the castle
of the Chapel, Great Hall and Apartments
the South and
SE Towers & the Kitchen
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