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beach will be from these waves. If the arrow points towards land, most of the waves’ power will reach We can thank Sir William ap Thomas, the ‘blue knight of Gwent’, for the moated Great Tower of 1435 that still dominates this mighty fortress-palace. His son Sir William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, created the gatehouse with its flared ‘machicolations’. Originally, the west wing had a two-story hall and pantry that was a little shorter. A grand staircase leads to the main entrance of the building, which was built in the second half of the 15th century and was dominated by residential structures. The building to the west of the tower was completely rebuilt in the 16th century. The Fountain Courtyard, which was linked to both courtyards, had windows facing both the keep and the moat. In the 16th century, a long, 38 meter gallery was added to the eastern part of the courtyard, and in the 17th century, a chapel was built on the eastern part of the courtyard. Inside, a stone vault with human heads carved in it was crowned with corbels. It has few similarities to other Welsh fortresses and was built in the late medieval period. Outside the outer bailey fortifications, there is a large keep, two parallel drawbridges, and some prominent machicolations, all of which imply continental influence. Although William ap Thomas and his son fought in France, this may provide a clue as to how the castle was conceived.

Outside the castle, they landscaped a series of water-gardens and even a bowling lawn: completing the image of a perfect country house. This bridge from the Southern Gate of the castle once lead to an ornate and delicate c17th bowling green. If the foundations of grandeur were laid in the 1460s, the flourishing touches were added in the from 1549 onwards. And, although it requires a bit of imagination today, the Tudor Oriel Window would have been one of the most majestic features of the castle – a grand stained glass masterpiece allowing dappled light to flood into the newly-built Hall. Looking out from the Oriel window onto the Cobbled Courtyard. Sir William ap Thomas was a veteran of the French wars and started work on the structure around 1435 including overseeing the construction of the Great Tower.Whereas the Cobbled Court was a focus for everyday domestic life (housing the kitchen and buttery, for example), the adjacent Fountain Court acted as the centre for prestige and entertainment – the state apartments, chapel and later library were build around this focus of privileged life. Chance of precipitation represents how likely it is that rain (or other types of precipitation, such as The sheer height of the tower – in its heyday, it measured five stories high (nowadays, it’s three-and-a-bit) – granted Raglan a touch of prestige and a defensive advantage. The tower could be seen (and was a vantage point) across vast swathes of the Welsh countryside – and, today, the views are still jaw-dropping. The beauty of Raglan Castle can be seen for miles around the countryside. The Great Tower serves as the predominant feature of the castle. It is surrounded by a moat, which is crossable by a bridge from the main castle Getting to Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle was built in the late 15th century by Sir William ap Thomas, a Welsh knight who had risen to prominence in the English court. The castle was designed to be a comfortable and luxurious home for Sir William and his family, and it soon became one of the most fashionable residences in Wales. The castle was badly damaged during the English Civil War in the 17th century, but has since been restored and is now open to the public. Despite a garrison of 800 men and one of the longest sieges of the Civil War, it fell to parliamentary forces and was deliberately destroyed. Among the looted treasures was a piece of Tudor wooden panelling, now proudly displayed in the visitor centre after being rescued from a cow shed in the 1950s. It lit up the high table at the dais end of the hall. Raglan also boasted a long gallery, the very height of fashionable living in the Tudor period. Intricately carved wooden panels were de rigueur and Raglan’s very own lost (and found!) Tudor panel is on show in our visitor centre. During the c16th, Raglan Castle was owned by the Earls of Worcester – and they lavished money to create a truly grand country home. The Earls created the grand Hall, connecting the Cobblestone Court with the Fountain Court; and an extremely grand Long Gallery – an upstairs corridor used to demonstrate the power and prestige of the noble family.Aside from the finish, the Gatehouse design appears defensive, too: the construction includes two portcullises, a drawbridge and numerous arrow-loops; but these features were more likely to demonstrate strength than to be used in battle. That’s because the Gatehouse was built in 1462 – during the third wave of Raglan’s construction, well after any military threat had subsided. During 1460 to 1470, Raglan castle became reborn as a noble castle-mansion. As well as the Gatehouse, Sir William Herbert added the main features of the castle – elements of the large Cobbled Court behind the main Gatehouse; the incredible Fountain court to its left; and the chapel and parlour rooms. An internal view of one of the Raglan Castle towers, spiralling into the sky above. After Sir William’s death in 1461, his son William Herbert became Baron Herbert of Raglan and embarked on an ambitious building programme to reflect his new status. He developed suites of accommodation around the Fountain Court, built the Pitched Stone Court, and constructed the gatehouse to both impress and intimidate visitors to the castle. In 1469, Sir William Herbert was captured by Lancastrian supporters at the Battle of Edgecote and put to death. At this time the work was unfinished.

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