Wales Still Has the Remains of 13th-Century Town Walls
Sat, April 10, 2021

Wales Still Has the Remains of 13th-Century Town Walls


Along with UK’s fascinating structures are historical stories that built its culture. Behind every old building in the country are stories that once built the cities, and this includes the castle and huge town walls in Caernarfon, Wales.

Popularly known as the “Iron Ring of Castles,” a series of towering fortifications meant to ward off and exert dominance over the disgruntled Welsh, the structure was built during the 13th century. The idea to construct this castle came from English King Edward I, who aimed to solidify his conquest of the region and echo the intimidating walls in Constantinople. Aside from that castle, the town walls were also a prominent sight during that time. 


Credits: Smithsonian Mag


Recently, archaeologists discovered remnants of the town walls that surrounded Edward I’s castle, which archaeologist Matthew Jones found “very exciting” because it “could represent the remains of the original town wall, which was … built over in the 14th century.” According to Smithsonian Mag, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the team also found other treasures on the site. This includes including fragments of medieval pottery, showing a style of pottery that has been manufactured in the Saintes region of western France since the 13th century.


Credits: Castles Forts Battles


The archaeologists also discovered the remnants of what appears to be a doorway or a fireplace. If this was truly a doorway, it would represent a previously unknown entrance to Caernarfon’s gatehouse, a building that controlled access to the town. This could give researchers a better sense of daily activities that took place during Caernarfon’s medieval period. “We have maps that show buildings and some records of names of people who lived there but very little evidence of their day-to-day lives,” Jones said. 


Credits: Smithsonian Mag


Arron Evans of the North Wales Chronicle stated that the area is now owned by a local “social enterprise” that plans to build a community health center there. 




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