Clwyd - Wales

This castle was designed and built by James of St George as part of King Edward I’s fortress building programme in the late 13th century, to subdue the Welsh.

Building started about 1283 employing 1,500 craftsmen including, stone masons, carpenters and labourers and in four years the castle was complete. It was the most expensive of Edward’s Welsh castles.

By the early 17th century it had become dilapidated.

During the civil war it was ‘slighted and left as an empty shell.

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