Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath, the castle was slighted, or deliberately put beyond military use; after the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle. Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin, and is now a modern tourist attraction operated by Cadw.
A man in bardic robes haunts this illustrious castle (pictured above). During the 15th Century, this castle held the reputation of being one of Wales’ best bardic centres.
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For further information, please read Ghosts of Gwent by Alan Roderick and Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.
Some decades ago, a workman was going some work in a field for a farmer, when he hit upon a hidden gravestone. Stopping work immediately was not enough, as later that day a shadowy figure began to be reported gliding along the field...
For further information, please read Ghosts of Gwent by Alan Roderick.