I have not had chance since my honeymoon to get out and take many photographs, so when we made the decision to go to Wales for new year, it was the ideal chance to dust off the camera.
Over the Christmas period I made a big purchase, my first DSLR camera a Nikon D5200, I took advantage and took it to practice with. My wife also took my trusty Canon bridge so were got a variety of shots between us.
Our first stop was Raglan Castle in Monmouthshire.
The castle is one of the last medieval castles to have been built, and was built on land owned by the Bloet family, with the current stone structure being put together from the 15th century onwards by Sir William AP Thomas. It is believed that there was an earlier Norman built motte and bailey castle on the site, but this has not been confirmed.
The castle continued to have extensive improvements until the civil war when parliamentarians laid seige to the castle for a number of months. After surrender, the instruction was given to destroy the castle, but due to its strong construction, only some of the walls could be destroyed so the castle was left.
In the period following this, the castle was left to deteriorate, and it is suggested that the Somerset family, who at this time owned the castle, allowed their stewards to take stone and features from the castle. in 1756, Henry Somerset put a stop to this and began to restore the castle, which is currently a Grade 1 listed building.
This was the first time I used my SLR properly, so in was on auto.
Thanks for looking.