h: 44 w: 56 d: 2 (cms).
Caernarfon Castle was a motte-and-bailey castle from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began to replace it with the current stone structure. The town and castle acted as the administrative centre of north Wales, and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.
A view from the top of the castle ruins looking down into what was possibly the Great Hall. One of several castles built by Edward I during his reign across north Wales and a truly impressive building.
h: 41 w: 47 d: 2 (cms).
When we were little we occasionally had a picnic in the field by Cessford Castle, and I took my family there when they were small. Now even more ruined, and still full of pigeons, but very much part of the history of the Border Marches and the raids from the feared Reivers. Cessford was the principal stronghold of the Kerrs, notorious Border Reivers, many of whom served as Wardens of the Middle March. Reivers is the derivation of bereaved.