Tag Archives: Wales

Tintern Abbey – A labour of love. #atozchallenge

“If Tintern abbey… what is it?” (say it aloud). This is a quip of the late Terry Wogan, a much loved radio broadcaster who died last year. The correct answer is “Tis an abbey” or simply, “Tis.” Tintern Abbey is more accurately a ruined abbey on the banks of the River Wye in Wales. It […]

Chirk Castle – how to survive a civil war

A family trip to Chirk Castle cleared up a mystery that’s sat around in my head for a while. I’ve often wondered why the castle survived intact into the modern era when so many others are ruined and stripped of their stone following the English Civil War when Parliamentarians opposed King Charles and the country […]

King of Ewloe, that’s me #atozchallenge

One of the nearest castles to where I live is Ewloe. Unlike the great fortifications erected by the Plantagenet kings, this castle was constructed by the Welsh using their own design. On the border of Wales and England, the Welsh princes hoped to defend their territory using the castle, but instead they retreated further inland […]

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