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The gateway at Gwydir Castle

The gateway at Gwydir Castle

Artist: Buckler, John

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36396

Item number: f.209

Length: 26.1

Width: 35.15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Gwydir Castle in Wales stands near the ancient town Llanrwst, on the edge of the flood-plain of the River Conwy. Because of its fertile land, control of the Conwy Valley was bitterly contested for hundreds of years, and this castle was destroyed, rebuilt and strengthened many times.

The building in this view dates mostly from the 16th century. Meredith ap Ieuan began reconstructing the mostly ruined castle in 1500. His son John Wynn ap Meredith enlarged the building using masonry from nearby Maenan Abbey, which had been partially demolished in 1538 after Henry VIII's dissolution of monastic houses. Wynn's initials appear above this gatehouse, on the courtyard side, along with the year of its construction, 1555. The castle remained in the Wynn family until the 19th century.

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