Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Shrawardine Castle / Castle Isabel




Shrawardine Castle – date of visit 5th May ‘08

Just of the A5 in between Oswestry and Shrewsbury lies Castle Isabel

The original castle was destroyed in 1215 by the Welsh Prince Llewellyn, rebuilt by Henry III and Fitz Alan family, later renamed Castle Isabel.

After a short siege (five days) in June 1645 the garrison surrendered to Parliamentary forces. The castle was torched and the stone was robbed to repair nearby Shrewsbury walls.

You can still see the original motte and standstone walls and if you look carefully enough you can make out a number of earthwork features. You’ll need a healthy imagination to appreciate the site but it’s worth having a look round.