Croft Castle has been owned by the Croft family from Domesday until recent times – the present building originated as a castle in the C14th and has been much altered over time.
|The front of the Medieval Castle c/o National Trust|
The ancient walls and four round corner towers of pink stone, dating from the 14th to 15th centuries, survive in spite of the modifications.
A Croft daughter married Owain Glyndwr (c. 1349 – c 1416) (anglicised by Shakespeare to Owen Glendower), who was a Welsh ruler and the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. (See Henry 1V, Part 1, where Owen Glendower is described as a wild and exotic man ruled by magic and emotion.)
|A Wyvern, as used in Heraldry|
The family adopted, in the 15th C, the Welsh Wyvern crest, a wounded black dragon, seen as a subtle allusion to their Glyndwr heritage.
A Wyvern is a legendary winged reptilian creature with a dragon’s head, two legs and a barbed tail, and is often found in heraldry: ‘the shorthand of history’ and ‘the floral border in the garden of history’.
The Castle and the adjacent 13th C St Michaels Church lie in 1,500 acres (6km²) of glorious parkland.
|Walk along the 1 km stretch of Spanish Chestnut trees|
c/o National Trust
The estate is noted for its veteran trees, particularly its avenues of Spanish Chestnut, Oaks and Beech trees – and is one of the more important sites in NW Europe for veteran trees and dead wood invertebrates (beetles, ants, spiders etc) ....
Croft Castle is under the care of the National Trust, while members of the family still live there.
|Croft Castle and adjacent|
St Michael's Church
It is open to the public and hosts many events, there are way-marked walks, while the parkland includes a spectacular Iron Age Hillfort at Croft Ambrey.
That is C for Croft Castle ... a mansion remains within extensive historic parklands, which were recorded in the Domesday book ... part of the ABC series Aspects of British Castles
Bob Scotney's Castle yesterday was B for Bamburgh
Luanne has written about Conwy Castle over at Bards and Prophets
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