Why was cardiff castle built in cardiff?

Why in Cardiff? what made William the conqueror want it there?

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  • Avalon
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    Cardiff Castle started life as a Roman hill fort over 2,000 years ago, as a strategic site that offered easy access to the sea. The remains of the Roman wall can still be seen today.

    After the Norman Conquest the Castle's keep was built on the site of the old fort. Although William the Conqueror led an army through S wales it is uncertain whether he had the castle built in 1081, or whether it was built in 1091 by one of William's followers, Robert Fitzhamon, Lord of Gloucester.Presumably it was built for the same reason as the Romans had and the foundations were already there.

    The castle was not actually built in Cardiff. Cardiff evolved from a small town that started to establish itself round the castle in 1100..

  • Prof
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    There were a number of castles built in an area called the "Welsh Marches",strategically placed to stop any large scale revolt,or major unrest.The castle in Wales is a very large sign/symbol that Wales was conquered and her was the sign of dominance and power.

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