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Ragland Castle, Monmouthshire

Ragland Castle, Monmouthshire

Engraver: Green, V & Jukes, F

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1778

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 14-b

Genre: Topographical Print

A popular destination for tourists of the Wye Valley, Raglan Castle is a magnificent example of a late-medieval castle architecture. Built as much for display as for defence, it provided 18th-century tourists with a glimpse of how they thought a medieval castle should look. William Coxe, a clergyman who visited Raglan around 1801, enthused over the "majestic ruins" and the "fine prospect of an extensive tract of country, bounded by the distant hills and mountains". He considered the grand entrance to be the most magnificent part of the ruins, with its gothic portal flanked by two massive towers, both beautifully covered with ivy. He also like the "machicolated summit" of the tower "presenting a highly picturesque appearance".

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