A Tour of Criccieth Castle


Tucked inside my DOE Official Handbook to Criccieth Castle is a card tour guide to the castle ‘Prepared by the Department of the Enviornment for the Secretary of Statue for Wales. The cost is 2.5 p. Inside is a short tour of the castle (with plan) showing 12 key spots from the curtain wall (1) to the Great Tower (11) with its external staircase (12). There are two simple views: from the south-west and and from the south-east.  The back cover has a simple history of the castle down to the 1933 when it was placed in State Guardianship.

1970 (2nd impr. 1975)

The original guide for the castle was prepared by Bryan H. St John O’Neil (1934). This was replaced by the ‘blue guide’ prepared by C.N. Johns (who had earlier worked on the Ashmolean Museum’s excavation of the Greek settlement of Euesperides in Cyrenaica). this first appeared in 1970 with a second impression in 1975. The title page provides the Welsh name of the site: Castell Cricieth, and there is a two page summary in Welsh at the end of the guide (pp. 38-39). A fold out paper plan is placed inside the back cover. A reconstruction by Alan Sorrell is provided.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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