Tretower Castle, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire (Powys)
 
The Tower, Tretower Castle, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, Wales, Great Britain
Tretower Castle, Crickhowell.

In the first half of the 13th century Tretower Castle was modernised with the addition of the imposing circular Great Tower.

This round keep was characteristic of the first half of the 13th century and other examples are known from the area of the southern March. The Tretower keep has three storeys and a basement. The tower was designed to give the garrison a clear field of view over the outer parapet.

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The Entrance, Tretower Castle, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, Wales, Great Britain
Tretower Castle, Crickhowell.

This shows the current entrance into the tower and you can see its height above the general ground level.

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The Interior, Tretower Castle, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, Wales, Great Britain
Tretower Castle, Crickhowell.

This view shows the interior of the tower and the levels of the upper floors can be seen as grooves, marked by greenery, around the walls.

The opening in the wall above the top groove may be a doorway or a window. There is no sign of a chimney opening so it's unlikely to be a fireplace. There is a similar opening on the right above the lower groove.

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Fireplace, Tretower Castle, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, Wales, Great Britain
Tretower Castle, Crickhowell.

The architectural detail of this mid 12th-century building includes carved ornament of fine quality. Although much weathered, it is a precious survival of Romanesque domestic work and ranks among the best of this period now surviving in Wales.

This fireplace shows evidence of some of the stonework.

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