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The Gargoyles
of
Raglan Castle: A Photo Essay

Photographs Copyright 2006 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

 

Visitors to handsome Raglan Castle in southeast Wales often comment on the many examples of fine detail that survive at the castle today. These features include the finely carved heraldic shields and emblems above the State Apartments, the carved full length figures that once adorned the fireplace in the Long Gallery, and the heraldic plaque and large window that still exists in the castle's Great Hall. These elements notwithstanding, some of Raglan's most interesting detail is often missed by visitors because it resides far overhead. I'm speaking of course about the whimsical collection of gargoyles that inhabit (primarily) the top corners of Raglan's Great Gatehouse and adjacent Closet Tower, creatures that can be difficult to spot without the aid of binoculars or a telephoto lens. I am therefore pleased to present this photo essay of the gargoyles of Raglan Castle.

Jeffrey L. Thomas
jltbalt1@verizon.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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