South Wales, Saturday and one more castle

The castle in Newport is in a real sorry state. It was built in the 14th century and had a relatively short life, sacked by Owain Glyndwr in 1402 and taken by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1648 during the Civil War. It had a brief moment, to my mind, of glory during the 19th century when it was used as a brewery but other than that, it’s an inaccessible ruin next to a very busy road junction. As you negotiate the roundabout next to it you can either pay attention to the traffic and ignore the castle or look at the castle and hope for the best.


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