Think Caerphilly

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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Flag of United Kingdom  , Wales,
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Michael and I trained a few minutes north to the small town of Caerphilly. It may be a small town, but it does harbor the largest castle in Wales and the second largest castle in the United Kingdom (second to Windsor Castle).  However, unlike Windsor Castle, this castle has seen its glory days and has fallen into a rather shambled state.  That doesn't mean there isn’t anything to see though. 

It was built in the late 13th century complete with many different types of fortifications, most notably the water surrounding it.  During a time when King Edward I of England was taking control of Wales, the castle was built in order to stop Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last prince of the independent Wales before total English takeover.

Over the centuries the castle fell into disuse, and during the English Civil War suffered a great deal of damage including the leaning tower, reported caused by a gunpowder explosion.

In the early 20th century, restoration works began on the castle to bring it up to par.  However, these were only partially completed and the methods of restoration came under serious fire when it was discovered that the restoration was being carried out with concrete and other modern advances instead of by traditional means.  Only the first main tower has been completely restored while the rest of the castle remains mostly destroyed, except for the Great Hall which is still intact.
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