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A view of yesterday from today

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

These photos are very old, taken during a visit in the early 1970s when I was a student at Art College. We had a field study trip in Wales, which included a visit to the Island of Anglesey and Beaumaris Castle. I've included some other bits and pieces from the same film in the album...the beach, a causeway, and also a climb to the top of Snowdonia. I'm not sure where some of it fits, as it was a long time ago, but because I only had the negatives and have just recently scanned them, it was fun to see them at last.

A World Heritage site, Beaumaris Castle is considered to be the most technically perfect castle in Wales. Built by King Edward I in 1295, it was also the last, and was never finished due to the lack of finances and resources. Although it's fortifications never reached their full height, it still included four successive lines of fortifications, fourteen major obstacles, hundreds of arrow slits and the use of murder holes as part of it's defences.

The photo above is my favourite. A window seen through another window and through a breach in the wall. At the time I took the photos I wasn't at all concerned with it's history and, being an art student, I was working on a project of shapes and spaces within architecture. These images were going to be set to music and projected onto people dressed in sheets and striking architectural poses. Sounds a bit weird I know, but I was an art student! ;)

Below, some lovely Gothic windows. 

Apologies for the state of some of the photos. More can be seen in the Photo Gallery album, along with the other odd ones from the trip.

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