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This is the final illustration for my map brief. I am not happy with it because I have had to rushed it, I did have something completely different in mind originally.
The map consists of a map by John Speed dated 1611 AD as the main part of the map with 6 of my illustrations placed around the focal image.
The first, if I start from the left is an illustration of the Sally Port which gave the inhabitants of the castle a secret passage in and out. Only the steps down into it and the entrance which turns left immediately at the bottom have survived.
Next was the path along the walls from the Red Tower to the Exchequer Gate. Again this is no longer there, well a ruined tower and a very uneven broken wall sits in place but the gate is no longer there, only the outline of one side of one of the towers from the gate in visible, if it wasn’t for this then there would be absolutely no trace, so it seemed right to try and visualize it.
Thirdly is the prison cell which was found at the bottom of the Prison Tower. A very narrow and steep set of uneven steps lead down to the prison ‘room’ which would have had no light entering and I presume they only used candle light. It was a hexagonal room about 10 ft high and must have been a very miserable place to be held.
Goblin Tower must have been a prominent part of the castle walls as it contained its own well, named Bloody Well, with steps leading down the side in an enclosed tunnel, leading to a concealed entrance at the bottom of the well/tower. The tower housed a number of cannons which had a clear shot of any advancing enemies.
The castle walls leading from Goblin Tower up to the castle and the little known cave known as Cats Eyes are to the left of Goblin Tower. The rock which Denbigh is built upon clearly visible from here and even shown signs of running water wearing away the rock, which leads me to believe that there was once, and maybe still, a system of running water beneath and within the rock. If you look at the tunnel walls there was no way that it could have been man made but water on the other hand, over thousands of years will wear away even the most sturdiest of materials. Also there is a river that flows beneath Denbigh, it must originate from somewhere? If anyone has the answer then I would be most interested to hear them.
Signs of water wearing away the rock
The well in Goblin Tower viewed from the walls above the tower
The dark spot central right is Cats Eyes
The entrance to the steps down to the bottom of the well in Goblin Tower
Leicester Church was supposed to be larger than St Asaph Cathedral and would have gave Denbigh a city status but the money was used to fund the war into Ireland and so the church was sadly never completed
Denbigh Castle’s Triple Towered Gatehouse
A gargoyle still survives and can be found in the cellar of the Green Chamber
The ‘Bloody Well’ in Gobln Tower
The remains of the cellars in the Green Chamber
Those were just a few of the photographs I took of Denbigh Castle and its walls