June 3, 2012 by

Buellt Castle


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Buellt Castle (Builth Wells for the English) was the seat from which the Mortimers lured Llywelyn ap Gruffydd to his death near Cilmeri on 11 December 1282.  It was a major Edwardian Castle of its time, but all of the stone work as disappeared.

“Builth is nothing more than a series of earthworks – nothing visible remains to give testimony to the structure which once stood at the site. By 1183, documents record a clash here between the Welsh and Normans, and much of what we see reflects this original motte and bailey fortification. During the next 90 years, the castle saw repeated conflict and changed hands between the Welsh and English on several occasions. By the 1240’s masonry structures were established at Builth; however, it was as the result of Edward I’s initial campaign against the Welsh in 1277 that Builth’s modest stronghold was refortified and transformed into a formidable fortress.

…The final product of Edward’s remodelling effort at Builth was a castle centered atop a motte which supported a great round keep (the traces of which are barely visible today) and was enclosed by a small “chemise”, a masonry wall defended by 6 towers. The two Norman baileys remained, encompassed by a curtain wall and accessed through a twin-towered gatehouse which may have been similar to the gatehouse that still guards Rhuddlan Castle. Other structures included a kitchen block and the great hall, a chapel, and residential quarters. Apparently, construction was stopped at Builth in 1282 although the work on the gatehouse may not have been complete.”  http://www.castlewales.com/builth.html

2 Responses to Buellt Castle

  1. Stephen Mason

    Hi Sarah,

    Just been watching your video of Buellt castle and had a quick look at your website. I never knew anyone had written a series of novels on the myths of Builth and Cilmeri etc. I’ll read more when I get time. I was born and raised in Builth and now am head of Welsh in Builth Wells High School. I’m flattered that you ‘fell in love’ with Wales. It’s what I did as I was raised in Radnorshire in mainly English traditions.

    It seems you were only recently in Builth (June 2012?) Can I ask how it was? I hope you enjoyed your visit.

    Pob hwyl,
    Steve Mason

    • Sarah Post author

      Hi Steve! I was in Wales for 2 weeks in May and June this year. We had a wonderful time and as you can see from all the videos, a full agenda. Thanks for commenting!

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