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June 2011 meeting report

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Treeton Local History group Meeting Thursday 30th June 2011

Cllr John Swift, a talk with slides on the castles and Roman sites of Wales


John showed many beautiful slides he had taken of the castles of Wales. These included the mighty castles such as Raglan, Chepstow, Conway, Caldicot, and Caerphilly that were founded by the Normans shortly after the Conquest to stamp their control on their new kingdom and also smaller ones where today just a tower remains.


Typical of these smaller castles were Skenfrith, Grosmont and the White Castle in Monmouthshire where, we were told, Rudolf Hess was imprisoned nearby for a time and was allowed to go down to the castle to feed the swans. The most unusual was Castle Coch, a small ‘Fairy’ Castle built in a romantic European style by the Marquess of Bute in 1870, then the incumbent of Cardiff Castle which he found too cold to use as a family home.


John also gave us a photographic tour of the remarkable Roman remains at Caerwent, where substantial walls and interior plans still exist in a site covering a square mile.  He showed us pictures of other Roman remains including a recently excavated Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon and the Roman Baths at Bath. He also showed us pictures of Cardigan House, the home of the Earls of Cardigan and a fleeting glimpse of Tintern Abbey.


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