Note: Stephen Moyer’s new series, The Bastard Executioner will film alternately between the U.K. and Wales. Showrunner, Kurt Sutter and his team were location scouting around Wales last month, with a particular eye to the battle-worn Caerphilly Castle. Since the production will probably use the setting in their production, it made sense to visit to see why.
I can certainly see why Caerphilly Castle appeals as a location for the new Kurt Sutter series The Bastard Executioner, which is to begin filming March 19th.
Despite living half an hour away from the location and having previously walked around the grounds I had yet to go inside. My visit to Caerphilly Castle to take photos for Allstephenmoyer.com took me around a series of winding staircases within the towers which could prove quite dangerous if you’re not careful! I soon found myself a little lost as to where I was and to prove how steep these stairs are, my legs were aching by the end of the day! It was a good workout!
Britain’s first concentric castle, Caerphilly Castle in South Wales was built in the 13th Century by Gilbert de Clare, only took three years to build, and is the second largest castle in Britain. The castle was built to defend South Wales against Llywelyn The Last.
The castle was attacked at these different points in history; the Madog ap Llywelyn Revolt of 1294; The Llywelyn Bren Uprising of 1316 and again in 1326 when The King Of England Edward II was overthrown, and hid in the Castle along with Hugh Despenser who was the husband of Gilbert de Clare’s oldest daughter.
Today Caerphilly Castle is a tourist attraction, including battle re-enactments. There is also the story that the Castle is haunted by The Green Lady, Princess Alice of Angouleme.
Below are photos of the castle I took during my visit (click on each image to see a larger view):
All of these photos are stored in our Caerphilly Castle Photo Gallery.[ts_fab]