Degannwy Castle

The twin crags that go to make up Degannwy castle.  The fortress has a long history that dates back to post Roman times.  By the late 1080s it was held by the Breton, Robert Rhuddlan, who died in action beneath the fortress walls in 1093.  The castle then passed back and forth between 'Norman' and Welsh ownership.  The site was massively rebuilt by Henry III in the 1240s, but destroyed by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd in 1263.  Edward I began to rebuild it in 1282, but abandoned the work in favour of Conway castle across the river.

The main work, comprising a masonry enceinte with projecting D-shaped towers, lies on the rock to the west (left).  The Mansell tower, named after one of Henry III's ministers, lay on the crag to the east (right).  A tower on the north side of the rock is of similar dimensions to the tower at Pen y Bryn.


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