Laugharne Castle

What awesome stories could be told

Of knights in armour, riding bold

Defending maids in days of old

And marching on to glory

In battles fought and battles won

As armour shone in summer sun

The knightly steed would yield to none

Despite the great furore

But now the castle’s falling down

No kingly head to wear the crown

All memory is just a frown

As children learn the story


Students of literature may recognise Laugharne Castle. On the other side of the castle is Dylan Thomas’ boathouse where he wrote much of his work, including, I believe, his play, Under Milk Wood.

 

Castell Coch 1

Castell Coch 1

Fortress or folly?

You must weigh the evidence.

It’s still beautiful.


Castell Coch* (Red Castle) in Tongwynlais, near Cardiff, Wales, was taken over by the Marquis of Bute during the Victorian era and remodelled by William Burgess. Some have claimed it to be a folly, but the exhibition within the castle suggests that it was a Norman fortress before being remodelled into the fairy tale castle of today.

The misty look at the right hand side of the photograph is just that. If not mist, it is low cloud; it was raining quite heavily during our visit. The castle seems to attract such mistiness. As can be seen in the image, it stands on a hillside in a small forest.


* Pronunciation tips for non-Welsh speakers:

  • The ll sound is made by forming an l, and blowing over the sides of the tongue.
  • The o is sounded long as in post, in this instance.
  • The best description I can give of the ch sound is that it is like clearing the throat!