Whittington Castle - Sarah Woodbury

Whittington Castle

Whittington Castle is located in the March of Wales, in the village of Whittington in North Shropshire. It’s on the English side of Offa’s Dyke. The castle was originally built in 1138 by William Peverel as a motte and bailey castle and a Norman stronghold, constructed originally in support of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, against King Stephen during The Anarchy. In 1149, the lordship of Whittington was annexed by Madog ap Maredudd and became part of the Kingdom of Powys until Madog’s death in 1160.

In 1223, it was captured and destroyed by Llywelyn Fawr, the Prince of Wales, but was returned to English control after a peace treaty. For the next forty years, the castle remained in English possession, but was ceded to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1267, and remained in his possession until he was defeated by Edward I in the first Welsh war, which ended in 1277.

Today, the castle is partially intact. Still visible are part of the curtain wall, towers, and barbican, as well as the central keep, which once consisted of five towers on a raised platform surrounded by a moat.

Whittington Castle is visited by Bridget and Peter, along with the Cardiff bus, in Guardians of Time.

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