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Castle explored at Hay Festival.

THE history of the interior of Welsh castles through the ages will be explored as part of the Hay Festival.

Dr Charles Kightly, author and historical interiors consultant, will discuss the subject while looking inside Tretower Court and Castle, set against the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons.

Dr Kightly said "Tretower Court has some particular significant interiors as late mediaeval interiors are rare to find anywhere in Britain.

"It has unique survivals of late mediaeval coloured decorations which serve to remind us that mediaeval interiors were very highly coloured.

"It's not often that traces of that period survive - it's a reminder of what mediaeval interiors at that level of society actually looked like.

"We see them in books and in pictures but visitors to Tretower can actually see for themselves the interiors from the 15th century."

Tretower Court was the long-standing home of the Vaughan family, one of whom was Henry Vaughan, the celebrated 17th-century metaphysical poet.

The great 13th-century stone keep surmounts a small mound, the remains of Tretower's original earthwork castle built around 1100 to control a strategic route through the Black Mountains.

Places are available at the talk, being held on Tuesday, May 29.

It is organised by Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service, as part of celebrations to mark this year's Hay Festival.

Cadw's inspector of historic gardens, Elisabeth Whittle, will take guests on a guided tour of the monument's carefully recreated mediaeval garden.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 17, 2007
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