Welsh language Raglan Castle Pamphlet Guide
Welsh language Raglan Castle Pamphlet Guide
Raglan Castle was one of the last medieval castles to be built in England and Wales. Although it is called a "castle", a fortified palace might be a better description. It is one of the most magnificent later medieval buildings in the British Isles and stands in the remains of one of the most spectacular gardens of the Renaissance period.
There may have been a motte and bailey castle on the site in the early Norman period and then a manorial centre when Raglan was in the hands of the Bloet family from the late twelfth to the late nineteenth century. When Sir John Bloet died, Raglan's manor was inherited by his daughter, Elizabeth, who married Sir James Berkeley. In 1406, shortly after the death of Sir James, Elizabeth married William ap Thomas. William held several jobs of local importance in south Wales, including the stewardship of the lordship of Abergavenny and then chief steward of the Welsh estates of The Duke of York. He was knighted in 1426.
By 1432, William had bought Raglan's manor from the Berkeley family and it is likely that this was when the castle as we know it began to be built. The Great Tower (Tŵr Melyn Gwent), South Gateway and parts of the hall date from Sir William's period and they probably include or are closely based upon the remains of the Bloet family manor.
Product Code: CPC00002
Published 2016 / 8 pages / ISBN 978-1-8576-431-4
Size 150mm (w) x 210mm (h) / Welsh language
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