Llawhaden Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales

  We’ve taken a little country road off the busy A40 to see a castle that is not really a castle.  Llawhaden Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales is in fact a fortified mansion, but it looks very much like a castle – which makes it even more intriguing.   The day was grey and sadly, the…

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The Vicar’s Pele Tower, Corbridge

  Located in the North-East of England, Corbridge saw its fair share of violent attacks during the Middle Ages.  The Scots often ran amok in the area, bringing death and destruction.  It is no surprise then, that a defensive structure was built in this little town.  And I wanted to know more.  So, on a…

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Bishop’s Palace, St David’s, Wales

    St David’s is rich in history.  And was certainly a very important destination during the Middle Ages.  In the 12thcentury, the Pope decreed that two trips to St David’s is equal to one trip to Rome – you can imagine how pilgrims flocked to this tiny city!  People still do today.   It…

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The Camera of Adam of Jesmond

In the tranquil surroundings of Heaton Park, in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, stands the ruin of the Camera of Adam.  The historical value of this building is substantial, as it is an early example of a medieval fortified hall house. At this time, in the 13th century, not just anyone could build a fortified house. …

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