Building 26: Harlech

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, Wales

The march tune Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech (“Men of Harlech”), first published 220 years ago, later appeared with lyrics in 1830. Traditionally the title alludes to the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle in the mid-fifteenth century.

The castle originally overlooked Cardigan Bay, with the sea approaching the cliffs on which the walls stand, but the coastline has since retreated further west. To the north the mountains of Snowdonia march down in ranks to the Irish Sea.

Snowdonia

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2 thoughts on “Building 26: Harlech

  1. Ah, Harlech! When I was a child, we went to most of the Welsh castles (Conway, Rhuddlan, Denbigh, Flint, Dolwydellan, Dolbadarn to name a few…) but not to Harlech. I wonder why?
    And I love that line about the mountains “march down in ranks to the Irish Sea”

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  2. I suppose to get to Harlech it’s easier to travel north/south than directly from the east, so I wonder where you travelled from to get to the other castles.

    I confess we didn’t actually go inside the castle as time was short — we had to get to Llandudno — but I at least managed to bang off a few shots of the exterior.

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