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In 1277 Edward launched his first Welsh campaign, and refortified Builth Castle to create a new and much stronger fortress. He quickly threw up several temporary buildings to create a hall, kitchen, chapel, and smithy, then proceeded to build substantial stone buildings to replace them. The man most likely responsible for the design was Master James of St George, Edward's master mason and the architect responsible for so many of Edward's subsequent Welsh castles. When complete, Builth Castle was composed of a great tower atop the earlier motte, surrounded by a masonry curtain wall incorporating several small towers.
Several features make Builth unusual among Edward's Welsh castles; it was easily the smallest of his castles, it was located inland, and all its masonry has long since vanished, taken by local landowners as building material.
Builth played a dramatic role in the history of Wales; Llewelyn ap Gruffydd came here in 1282 to plead for help in his rebellion against the Normans. On leaving Builth his force fell into an ambush at nearby Cilmeri and Llewelyn was killed. In 1294 Builth withstood a seige by Madog ap LLewelyn, but it was heavily damaged in an attack by Owain Glyndwr a century later.
About Builth Castle
Address: Castle Road, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: off A470
OS: SO044 510
Photo Credit: Eirian Evans, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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