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Queen's Gate Caernavon

Queen's Gate Caernavon

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1750

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 45k

Genre: Topographical Print

This is a view of the Queen’s Gate at Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. The castle was built a symbol of English dominance over the Welsh and assumed an image of Royal splendour and grandeur. The Queen’s gate was situated at the North Eastern end of the castle complex in an elevated position. The entrance to the castle was via a great stone ramp making it less vulnerable that the King’s gate- the main entrance to the castle. The gates defences consisted of a turning bridge, a deep pit, as well as a vault and murder holes. An inner hate and portcullis were planned but the gate was never finished.

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