'Forgotten Castles of Wales and the Marches' by Paul R. Davis

'Forgotten Castles of Wales and the Marches' by Paul R. Davis

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Wales is a land of castles with the best known built in the thirteenth century under the rule of King Edward I, numerous castles were built across the south of the country and along the English border, this region is known as the Welsh Marches.

Castles suffered varied fates, some were destroyed and rebuilt, a few were abandoned before they were even finished, while others crumbled into ruin and were then robbed of stone for use elsewhere, and there were those that outlived the medieval period and were transformed into great houses.

This book looks at over 60 castles, with reasons why they were built, the people who ordered their construction, the causes of their eventual decay, and directions to help the reader find what remains to be seen. The stories that bring these forgotten castles to life are enhanced by photographs and reconstruction drawings.

The remains of many castles are well cared for by Cadw and English Heritage, but a  number are virtually forgotten, solitary on their isolated hillsides, buried in sand dunes, or hidden in overgrown woodland.