Cadw sends drones skywards for fantastic castle views

The Welsh Government’s historic environment service Cadw has shared some excellent video footage of its castles… from an angle we don’t normally get to see.

 

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To get these unique, bird’s-eye views (see videos below) they strapped a high quality camera to a remote control drone and sent it skywards.

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The fantastic footage was filmed at three of their most historic sites – Laugharne Castle, Kidwelly Castle and St David’s Bishop’s Palace.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: ‘We’re always looking at new and exciting ways to bring Wales’s history to life and these videos are a good way of showcasing our incredible heritage sites from a different angle.

“More than two and a half million people visit Cadw sites every year but few people will ever have had the opportunity to see them like this.”

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Laugharne Castle

This magnificent medieval castle turned Tudor mansion was built in the 13th century.

Its grounds provided inspiration to both Dylan Thomas and Richard Hughes, who put pen to paper in the castle’s garden summerhouse.

Built by the de Brian family, the castle didn’t fare too well during the Civil War and was partially dismantled by Parliamentary forces after a siege.

Kidwelly Castle

The earliest castle on this site was Norman and built around 1115 AD. It was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century.

The aerial video shows how Kidwelly benefited from the latest thinking in castle design. It had a concentric design with one circuit of defensive walls set within another to allow the castle to be held even if the outer wall should fall.

Watch the video closely and you can see a memorial to Princess Gwenllian just outside the Gatehouse. Gwenllian died in battle in 1136, fighting the lord of the castle, Maurice de Londres.

St Davids Bishop’s Palace

This palace still conveys the affluence and power of the medieval church when religion was the order of the day.

Bishop Thomas Bek undertook significant new building work on the site but it was Bishop Henry de Gower who was responsible for virtually the entire palace you can see in the aerial video.

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Keep an eye out here or on the Cadw website for more videos and information.