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17th December 1290. Crosses of Love.

E.M. Barry’s 1863 copy of the Eleanor Cross, with statues by Thomas Earp, stands outside Charing Cross Station having been moved from its original position at the top of Whitehall where it was replaced by Charles 1 in 1675. 387 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles: December 16th: Dolwyddelan Castle

My second purely Welsh castle. Dolwyddelan now stands on a farm guarding the Lledr Valley.

Like Dolbadarn, Dolwyddelan has very little documentary evidence. There is a tradition that Llywelyn the Great was born here, but more recent research has shown that there are other more likely locations. 179 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles:December 15th: Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn is the first purely Welsh castle on this list and it still sits on the hill guarding Llyn Padarn. This impressive little keep would have had total command over the Llanberis pass. 330 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles: December 14th:Criccieth

Criccieth Castle perches on top of a headland pushing out to sea.

It is an amalgam between a Welsh Castle and castle of Edward I. The original castle at Criccieth was built by… 340 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles: 13th of December: Caernarfon

Caernarfon isn’t the largest or the most expensive of Edward I’s castles, but for my money it is probably the most striking.  Conwy is more impressive in many ways and Beaumaris more intricate, but the sheer immense bullishness of Caernarfon is literally breath taking, not necessarily in a good way. 446 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles: December 12th: Beaumaris

Beaumaris stands on the Island of Anglesea looking across the Menai Straits and it was to control these straits that Edward I had Beaumaris built in c. 355 more words


Advent Calendar of Castles: December 11th: Conwy Castle

Conwy is the first I’ll be discussing of a series of castles built by Edward I in his domination of Wales. Conwy was built in 1283 and remains one of the most impressive surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. 397 more words