#42 Harlech Castle
"Castell cadarn a'i safle grymus ar ben y graig"
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mighty castle superby situated on a rocky crag" is
an apt decription for Harlech, after seven centuries
still the most magnificent achievement of Master James of
St. George. So pleased in fact was King Edward I that he
made James the constable of Harlech from the castle's
completion until 1293, while James was overseeing
construction of Beaumaris and Caernarfon Castles in Wales.
The massive gatehouse is 80 x 54 feet and the twin
cylindrical towers guard a passageway with three
portcullis' and three sets of doors!
impregnability of Harlech to attack was proven when a
Welsh force led by Madog ap Llywelyn was held off by 37
men in 1294. Harlech was, however, not insusceptable to
seige. Harlech was taken in 1404 by Owain Glyndwr but
only by starving the diseased garrision into surrendering.
Another long seige five years later led by Harry of
Monmouth, Prince of Wales (and later King Henry V) forced
Owain to give up his headquarters at Harlech, resulted in
the capture of his wife and four children, and ended his
rebellion and career. Harlech was the last castle to
surrender to Cromwell in 1646, thus signalling the end of
the Civil War.
of the Gatehouse
of the Lego Model
Built December 1991
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