In this short video we cover a potted history of White Castle, the one in Monmouthshire Wales, not the American Burger Bar.
This is probably the sort of thing you think of when you think of a castle.
It really does look the part.
This one in Monmouthshire in Wales is called White Castle; not to be confused with the American burger restaurant of the same name.
There has been a defensive structure of one type or another here since the latter half of the 11th century. It was originally called Llantilio Castle; presumably they changed the name to avoid confusion with a long-forgotten Llantilio burger restaurant. The name “White Castle” was first recorded in the 13th century when someone had whitewashed the castle; probably to make it look less grubby.
It was once part of the estate of Hubert de Burgh.
A very important man who is no relation to bland crooner Chris de Burgh. This is mainly due to the fact that Chris de Burgh is not Chris de Burgh’s real name. He is actually Christopher John Davidson, and as he has nothing to do with this castle we will not mention him again.
Anyway Hubert de Burgh, no relation.
Was a bigwig in the court of King John, and was subsequently regent to King Henry the third. He spent a small fortune adding fortifications to the castle, he had land and castles all over England, and also had a few barney’s with the French, so he was a busy chap. The castle changed hands a few times, saw a bit of action during the rebellion in 1404, and by 1538 was abandoned. It was given to the state in 1922. Now it stands as a testament to our desire to knock the living daylights out of each other in our search for power over and above our fellow man. If you liked this film then please do subscribe; because there will be more like it, as well as films about a variety of other things.