This is an artist's impression of the castle's appearance at its height. It was an impressive Elizabethan residence with water gardens. The huge fish pond would have supplied a good deal of food to the inhabitants. After the castle surrendered, the moat was ordered to be drained in a search for treasure. On finding none, the men set to work to drain the fish pond as well. I am repeatedly saddened to observe the mindless destruction of war.
The Great Tower shown below and left was the keep, a moated fortress in its own right, standing outside the curtain wall. It was also an inner sanctum and comfortable residence in times of peace. The front wall suffered from the attack by Parliamentary troops in the Civil War and was later completely demolished. The slighting of Raglan continued for many years.
Sadly a great library of collected Welsh works was also lost.
The kitchen with its huge fireplace.
Great to see the window restoration by English Heritage. They are making a big difference to the castle.