#18 and #138 Weobley
West Glamorgan, Wales
This is NOT an official Lego site
and Mary Kerr in their 1988 book "A Guide to
Medieval Sites in Britain" describe Weobley
Castle as "A fortified house". I am inclined to
disagree. The castle began about 1280 on a hill
overlooking the River Loughor in West Glamorgan as a
residential structure to the ENE and north of a modest
donjon now commonly referred to as the South West Tower.
There is no evidence the site had previously been
fortified, though the keep was of typical older design.
Despite the relatively peaceful climate in south Wales in
the early 14th century, the builder, David de la Bere,
apparently soon realized that his "castle" was
virtually undefendable and about 1304 augmented his
residence with a gatehouse range north of the keep and
other additions. While the southeastern portion was
strengthened, it appears the owner (or perhaps his son)
ran out of money since the new building never rose about
the first floor level. However the final product featured
a series of contiguous wallwalks atop the first floor [second
story in the USA] which allows a modest force of
defenders to be moved to the most vulnerable point
quickly in the event of an attack.
was damaged by Owain Glyndwr in the early fifteenth
century but later a Welsh owner Sir Rhys ap Thomas added
a porch block to provide a more stately entrance to the
Hall, as well as improved private quarters. The castle
was eventually modified for domestic use as a tenant
farmhouse. Some think Weobley should be classified as a
Fortified Manor-House, like Stokesay or Hever. If there
is interest, I'll tally votes for Castle vs Fortified
House on this page. Please send your opinion.
of the Lego Model
Under construction January-February 2013
of the new
begins on January 24...
the general layout (plus
a bit of work on the steep
hill overlooking the river.
|Day 2 is
spent of landscaping
including the west (gatehouse)
infrastructure of the
landscape can be appreciated.
of the exterior landscape, and
some courtyard infrastructure.
southeast the gentle
slope can also be seen.
day of building
yields a bridge and courtyard.
courtyard doors are in
place as well.
are made to the courtyard...
exterior walls are
raised a bit more.
is a building day...
much of the ground floor
is done on the
first story the next day...
|...seen from two views.||The level
is mostly completed...
||...on the 3rd of the month.|
|On Feb. 4
the walls have been
built to the point where wall-
walk supports are added.
day, mostly decorative
machicolations are begun.
closeup of the
construction of the 7-sided
February 6 roofing has begun.
This will be the last construction
picture. See below.
of the Lego Model
Built January 24 - February 7, 2013
of the completed castle:
from the west.
|And the WNW.||And the northwest.||And the north.|
|And the northeast.||And the southeast.||And the
south with the
this picture from
above to higlight the
system of wallwalks.
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