Everything about Raglan castle is impressive, from the entrance gate to the great tower. Raglan castle is situated close to Abergavenny near the Wales-England Border. The origins of Raglan castle are relatively unknown, however it’s origins may lay from the late 13th century. The style of Raglan castle is that of the style popular from the 15th Century and is as much of a product of social aspiration as of it’s military requirement.
The Great Tower of Raglan castle was built around 1435 by Sir William ap Thomas (Also known as the Yellow Tower Of Gwent).The hexagonal style of the Great Tower was popular at the time in France rather than in Great Britain.
After ap Thomas’ death he was succeeded by his son, William Herbert who continued work on Raglan Castle. Herberts additions to the castle featured the Great Gatehouse, the Pitched Stone Court and the Fountain Court with formal apartments surrounding. Herbert was beheaded following his defeat at the battle of Edgecote in 1469, to which there were no further major alterations to Raglan Castle until the ownership of William Somerset, ear of Worcester. Somerset was responsible for extensive changes to the hall, which remains the more complete and finest of all apartments in Raglan castle. Somerset also added Tracery to the windows, complete with stunning glass and a roof built from Irish Oak. Somersets main addition to Raglan castle was the long gallery, to which no Elizabethan house was complete without.
The fall of Raglan castle practically marked the end of the Civil War. Cromwell’s demolition engineers began work shortly after in demolishing the great walls. The Strength of the Great Tower was almost enough to stop them. The walls were undermined eventually and two out of the six walls came crashing down.
Visiting Raglan castle today is great, very easy access with a large car park. The farm next to the Castle during different times during the year offers a warming and friendly cafe serving baguettes, teas and coffees.
Where is Raglan Castle
Raglan Castle is easily accessible just off the A40 near Abergavenny. The castle is almost situated on the main road with its work direct link. It’s only accessible head eastbound but there are roundabouts not far in each direction from the castle so it’s very easy to turn around.