View of the Castle of Harlegh in Merioneathshire - Wales
Artist: Robertson, Archibald
Harlech castle was built by Edward I as part of his ‘iron ring’ of defences to protect the Snowdonia mountain range. The natural strength of the castle’s situation on the peak Rock of Harlech meant that only the east side was open to attack. A large gatehouse was built to protect this side which itself was protected by seven barriers including three portcullises. The complex of buildings included a gatehouse, a great hall, kitchens, a chapel and a granary. The towers built in the inner curtain wall also provided further accommodation.