Raglan Castle, citadel & moat

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Raglan Castle, citadel & moat

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Title Raglan Castle, citadel & moat
Description Black and white photograph showing Raglan Castle Citadel and moat taken by Alfred Watkins. Raglan Castle is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces, the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other in England or Wales. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath, the castle was slighted, or deliberately put beyond military use; after the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle. Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin, and is now a modern tourist attraction and lovely for picnics on a sunny afternoon.
Photographer / artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Contributor(s) Unknown
Date Unknown
Type Image
Format Photograph
Identifier Li14412
Area Herefordshire
Collection Holder Herefordshire Libraries