Raglan Castle

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The front of Raglan Castle, showing the main gatehouse.

Raglan Castle, or in Welsh Castell Rhaglan, is a historically significant ruined castle located near Monmouth in Wales. It was built in the late Middle Ages as a show of wealth rather than to enforce a military presence, but it later endured one of the longest sieges of the English Civil War.

The castle began construction in 1435 for Sir William ap Thomas, who wanted to create a statement of his wealth and social aspiration. Upon his death his son, William Herbert, continued the work. The castle had a stately Great Tower, state apartments and a grand gatehouse.

During the English Civil War the castle was held by Royalist supporters of the king and held out for one of the longest sieges of the war. However, it was eventually captured by the parliamentarian forces of Oliver Cromwell. To prevent its further use by the king's supporters, they set about demolishing the Great Tower. However, this was taking them so long that they abandoned the idea and instead demolished two of the walls.

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