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Criccieth Castle, standing on its headland between two beaches, is a prominent North Wales landmark. It is also a landmark historic site, one of those rare castles with a foot firmly in both camps and a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.

On site exhibition Criccieth’s history is deeply entwined in the medieval conflict between Wales and England. Originally a stronghold of the native Welsh princes, Criccieth was later annexed and added to by the English monarch, Edward I. Both sides obviously had a high regard for Criccieth’s strategic siting, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay.

The core of the castle (a powerful twin-towered gatehouse) is Welsh, built by Llywelyn the Great probably between 1230 and 1240. The gatehouse is unique amongst Llwelyn’s castles, he may well have copied an English model and even used expert masons familiar with the style.

The castle was taken by Edward’s forces in 1283 and extensively refortified, which included adapting a tower for use by a catapult or stone-throwing ‘engine’. The improvements were put to the test a decade or so later when the castle had to withstand a long siege by the Welsh, during which supplies were brought in by ship.

Criccieth CastleIts fate was finally sealed in 1404 when the Welsh leader Owain Glyn Dwr captured and burnt the castle (even today, the walls still bear evidence of scorching).

Criccieth’s convoluted history, part Welsh, part Edwardian, gives it a character rare amongst the castles of Wales. Its romantic ruins have attracted artists like JMW Turner, who used the castle as a backdrop for his famous painting of storm-wrecked mariners.
Taken with a Canon 500d 10-24 mm lens


Hdr 1 shot processed in dynamic photo.
No tripod , hand held.

I very rarely go out without my camera .
I have been a photographer now for 5 years and loved every minute .
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  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 3 years ago

    Excellent work and processing Irene. x

  • Thank you Richard, you are up early . :=) x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Thank you Richard , hope all goes well this weekend. x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 3 years ago

    Always am. Up the legion soon to start the preparations for the big day tomorrow. x

  • Amir Saeed
    Amir Saeedover 3 years ago

    Excellent work! fv

  • Many thanks Amir.

    – Irene Burdell

  • Richard Bradley Bonds
    Richard Bradle...over 3 years ago

    Compare the bright colored village! I’d like to visit the castle the way you have pictured it and written about it! I like this very much.

  • Many thanks for your comments Richard .

    – Irene Burdell

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    Fabulous image Irene xx

  • Mnay thanks Lyn x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Great timing Irene so dramatic x

  • Many thanks Trudi x

    – Irene Burdell

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Irene, well captured.

    David xx

  • Many thanks David xx

    – Irene Burdell

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    A beautiful dramatic mood shot sweetheART Arthurian legend eh? fave ;~} Valz

  • Thank you so much Val x

    – Irene Burdell

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    STUNNING and very dramatic sky, well done,

  • Many thanks Ann x

    – Irene Burdell

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

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