As I traveled the back roads of Mid and North Wales, nearly stopping at every historic monument until we reached the shores of the Irish Sea.
The best things is, traveling through the Gower and along the coast; it was only about three hours from my beautiful Swansea; shore to shore.
Still hunting Welsh castles, it’s a love of mine and a fascination with Owain Glyndŵr and his heroism and sort of longing; when he believed in something so strongly that your willing to fight for it.
So it is perhaps it fascinating in hopes of find all these almost legendary; but historic places in Wales. This time our chosen site was in the Isle of Anglesley, North Wales…and it would be this place called Beaumaris Castle.
The meaning of Beaumaris is “fair marsh”, whose name derives from the Norman-French Beau Mareys, and in Latin the castle was termed de Bello Marisco.
The kings of England and the Welsh princes had vied for control of North Wales since the 1070s and the conflict had been renewed during the 13th century.
It lead to Edward I intervening in North Wales for the second time during his reign in 1282.
Wales became divided into counties and shires, with three new shires created in the north-west, Caernarfon, Merioneth and Anglesey.
The shires were established with protective castles just like Beaumaris castle; Astonishing and magnificent.
In 1294, Welsh Prince Madog ap Llywelyn rebelled against English rule. The revolt was bloody and amongst the casualties.
King Edward attempted to suppress the Welsh rebellion over the winter. But again, once Anglesey was reoccupied in April 1295.
The King immediately began to progress the delayed plans to fortify the area.
Beaumaris Castle was taken by Welsh forces in 1403 during the Owain Glyndŵr rebellion, but recaptured by royal forces in 1405.
Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies.
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