I had to pop into Swansea to deliver a lecture. I usually end up doing these trips once or twice an year and go meet up with the MBA students as part of my professorial duties. But before this, I have usually taken the train and then reached there few hours before, seen the sights and taken some pictures while walking around. But I think I have now done Swansea to death. (See here for the previous photo essays). So this time I decided that I will drive down, have couple of hours in hand and see Wales.
This time, I decided to pop into Caerphilly. Which is on the way to Swansea.
Parked in this tiny car park
The fort was made by Gilbert de Clare Lord of Glamorgan, follower of Henry III, the English King, in the late 13th century. It was designed to protect the surrounding countryside from the then Welsh King. This castle has never fallen. The above is one of the fort which dams up the southern lake
This is a sluice gate. This is actually a giant dam, you can see the 8 giant buttresses along this wall in the top photo. There is another dam on the right hand side, but that’s for later.
The lake/moat is full of water and ducks of various kinds.
A bronze model is shown. You can see the southern dam on the left and the northern dam on the right hand side. Then there are a series of concentric walls and defences. This can tell you how bloody impregnable this has been.
I start walking towards the entrance.
Looking back at the southern dam wall.
The gatehouse is very imposing. Looks like something out of a computer game dealing with fantasy demons. Well, that’s the idea, to strike fear into the attackers.
A couple were cuddling in the shelter of this low wall. Actually this is another defence wall here which protected the moat as well. Bloody hell, this has multiple layers of defence. Its about 8 feet wide. So not decorative, its big.
This castle spoke to me, too bad I didnt get a chance to peek inside but one day I will be back. I could feel the soldiers tramping around, the architect and the builders, the long decline of the castle but yes, lovely castle.