Holt Castle

Holt Castle

HOLT - THE LION’S CASTLE

The towne of Lyons, otherwise named le Holte, standeth yn Wales, one half mile from a stone bridge, which partithe England and Wales.  The same being an ancient borough towne on the easte side of which town there standithe the castell.

The said castell standith equally with the towne very strongly builte upon a rocke. The first entry being over a bridge of tymber and under the same a dry mote. The said ward being a square tower strongly builte with strong gates in eyther side. The said mote compassying ffoure squares of the same castell and the river of Dee running by the este side.

And withyn the said castell there are all the houses of office mete for a prince to keep his house yn. The castell being builte five square and at every square a rownde tower of five stories highe.

 

HOLT - THE LION’S CASTLE

The towne of Lyons, otherwise named le Holte, standeth yn Wales, one half mile from a stone bridge, which partithe England and Wales.  The same being an ancient borough towne on the easte side of which town there standithe the castell.

The said castell standith equally with the towne very strongly builte upon a rocke. The first entry being over a bridge of tymber and under the same a dry mote. The said ward being a square tower strongly builte with strong gates in eyther side. The said mote compassying ffoure squares of the same castell and the river of Dee running by the este side.

And withyn the said castell there are all the houses of office mete for a prince to keep his house yn. The castell being builte five square and at every square a rownde tower of five stories highe.

 

The Symbol Of A New Order

Edward I granted the lands around Wrexham, the lordship of Bromfield and Yale, to the earl of Surrey on 7th October 1282.  

The Welsh were not keen on the king’s new regime and they rebelled in 1287

The Pentagon

In the case of Holt Castle, the landscape was re-shaped to allow the construction of a symmetrical structure.  

This is in contrast to many castles where the landscape determines the position of the curtain walls and the towers.

Reconstucting The lost castle

Holt Local History Society’s successful March, 2015 lecture on Holt Castle was given by Dr Rick Turner, formerly of Cadw. He gave a fascinating talk with a set of animated illustrations re the building of Holt Castle and its internal room layouts which he pieced together from all the available evidence.