Dolbadarn Castle

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Dolbadarn Castle

Postby LukeOHan » Mon May 09, 2016 7:45 pm

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"The Round Tower was the crowning glory of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth's castle.
As supreme leader of the Welsh he could afford to build castles in stone. Building began in the 1220s. A wall following the shape of the rocky hill was constructed to surround the buildings inside. All built in dry stone.
This Round Tower was Llywelyn's final luxurious addition of about 1230. This time in fine dressed stone solidly mortared together.

Accommodation fit for a prince or a prisoner.
Llywelyn ab Iorwerth died in 1240 and under Welsh law all his heirs had a claim to become hi successor. A struggle began with no clear winner until 1255.
Llywelyn's grandson, Llywelyn ap Grufudd finally defeated his brothers in battle to become Prince of Gwynedd. But the brothers still posted a threat. One solution was to imprison them.
That's what Llywelyn ap Grufudd did to his elder brother, Owain Goch. He was imprisoned for twenty-two years. Historians believe he was held here because the 13th century poet Hywel Foel ap Griffri described Owain as 'a man in a tower, long a guest'." Cadw (interpretation board)

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Re: Dolbadarn Castle

Postby LukeOHan » Mon May 09, 2016 7:53 pm

Previous conservation works, signs of grouting also.
I found this to be an example of previous work that has stood the test of time, the grouting that has been undertaken interests me but I dont know much about the long terms effects etc, I will be undertaking a unit that involves grouting at the Scottish Lime Trust in June so I will gain more experience then, but I at least understand that the solidification of the heart of the wall is regarded as inappropriate. Any more on this guys??

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Re: Dolbadarn Castle

Postby LukeOHan » Mon May 09, 2016 7:59 pm

5/6/2014
Consolidation to the dry stone wall tops with lime mortar.
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