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Powis Castle, west gateway

Powis Castle, west gateway

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1822

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36397

Item number: f.24

Length: 26.4

Width: 35.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

For hundreds of years Powis Castle was a military stronghold in the ongoing battles between the Welsh princes of Powys with the English to the east and with the princes of Gwynedd to the northwest. The castle follows the usual Norman layout of a strong keep built on a promontory, an inner bailey and finally surrounded by defensive walls. Over the centuries, the castle was besieged and sacked many times. Very few medieval castles in this area remain so intact, and it is probably to do with its crucial position between England and Wales that Powis Castle survives today in all its glory.

This view shows the west gateway when the castle was the seat of the Right Honourable Lord Edward Clive.

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