#15 & #63 Conwy
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the entrance to the River Conwy in Gwynedd, this
magnificent castle was built in just five years,
beginning in 1283, by the famous Master James of St.
George, for King Edward I. The fortifications included
not only the castle but more than 3/4ths of a mile of
curtain wall and towers which surrounded the town.
Originally there were three gateways into Conwy Town and
of course the entrance to the fabulous castle itself. A
considerable portion of the town wall and wallwalks are
was so imposing, with its high curtain wall and eight
great towers, each 70 feet tall, that the Welsh refused
to attack her for more than 100 years! During the
Rebellion of 1294 King Edward II and his army were
trapped within Conwy for some days without much food, but
only because the flooded river cut them off. Conwy was
captured only once and then by trickery. On Good Friday
1401, with most of the garrison at church, a carpenter
gained access to the castle and admitted a group of Welsh
rebels who proclaimed their allegiance to Owain Glyndwr.
The castle gradually deteriorated and was sold in 1624 to
the Viscount Conwy for just £100!!
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