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Neath Castle

Neath Castle

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVII

Item number: 41.c

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Neath Castle, Glamorganshire, Wales. The first castle on this strategic site safeguarding the River Neath, was built by Richard de Granville, but this had been destroyed by the 13th century when in 1231 by Richard de Clare built a stone castle here. In the 14th century it was rebuilt by Hugh Despenser who added the magnificent twin towered gatehouse depicted in this print. The steps of the previous much smaller gateway would have been covered and a drawbridge would have been used to reach this entrance to the castle.

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