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View of the Castle of Aberconway in Caermarthrnshire- Wales

View of the Castle of Aberconway in Caermarthrnshire- Wales

Artist: Robertson, Archibald

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: Ktop XLVI

Item number: 46f

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Castle Conwy, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Started in 1283 the castle was a masterpiece of military engineering and design. Situated on a steep sided rocky projection on the banks of the River Conwy, its natural strategic defensive position is obvious from this painting. Control of Conwy Castle was important because it formed part of a ring of fortresses protecting the Snowdon mountain range and the routes to the sea. The castle walls are very high and in places are 15 feet thick. Built on a linear plan it was divided into 2 wards so that each could be held independently in siege situations. The main entrance to the castle would have been via a stone ramp leading to a drawbridge.

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