Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the ramparts to the ground below, originally part of the display at the Tower of London in 2014.
It can be viewed at Caernarfon castle in North Wales until 20th November 2016 – the first venue in Wales to host the sculpture, to mark the centenary of the First World War.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I in 1283, is under the guardianship of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh government. [Cadw is the Welsh verb ‘to protect’]
The Wales for Peace Project explores the question: “In the hundred years since WW1, how has Wales contributed in the search for Peace?”
Harlech Castle is located at Harlech, in Gwynedd, North Wales. The mediaeval fortress was constructed by King Edward I towards the end of the thirteenth century, as part of his ‘Iron Ring’ of castles, built around North Wales to subdue and conquer the Welsh.
The castle was built on the top of a cliff, close to the Irish sea, and was virtually impregnable. The sea originally came much closer to Harlech than in modern times, and a water-gate and a long flight of steps leads down from the castle to the former shore, which allowed the castle to be resupplied by sea during sieges.
The castle ruins are now managed by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, as a tourist attraction.
Along with Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle, this monument has been part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward 1 World Heritage Site since 1986.
“Men of Harlech”, the nation’s unofficial anthem, loved by rugby fans and regimental bands alike, is said to describe the siege which took place here during the War of the Roses, wherein a handful of men held out against a besieging army of thousands. [The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars for control of the throne of England. They were fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet, those of Lancaster and York. The name Wars of the Roses refers to the heraldic badges associated with the two royal houses, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. Wikipedia]
When I visited Flint Castle yesterday, I was privy to the most wonderful display of fluffy white clouds, billowing against a cobalt sky.
Flint Castle stands on the banks of the Dee estuary, in Flintshire, North-East Wales. It was built between 1277 – 1284.
The castle was the first of a chain of fortresses built by King Edward I, in his campaign to encircle and conquer Wales. Its most impressive feature is a solitary round tower.
It was the final refuge of King Richard II, before he conceded the crown to Henry IV.
Flint Castle is now maintained by Cadw, a Welsh Government body, that protects, conserves and promotes the building heritage of Wales.
Access is free and via a path. Most parts of the castle are open to the public.
Caernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.
King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.
The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.
There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.
There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.
Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.
In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.
Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.