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Photo © Paul Lakin (2nd August 2013)
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"Raglan Castle, Usk"

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces, the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other in England or Wales. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. Built for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. After the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle.

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Photographer: © Paul Lakin (Gallery)(2nd August 2013)
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Raglan Castle, Usk

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces, the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other in England or Wales. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. Built for show rather than with battle in mind, it still held off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament. After the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle.
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Aperture: f 11, Exposure time: 1/90 sec, Exposure Bias: -0.5 EV
Date/Time Creation: July 18, 2013, 1:39 pm
Exposure Mode: 2,
ImageID:1178475, Image size: 1400 x 869 pixels

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Comment by Vince Hawthorn(2nd August 2013)

Great pic Paul and also great info, we are on a Castles of South Wales trip in the near future and Raglan is on the list- thank you.

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Comment by Martin Humphreys(4th August 2013)

Nice angle & good info Paul

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