If there's one thing in life I love, it's facts. Not massive world-changing life-altering facts per se, just those little things that brighten up a conversation. Like the fact that Time magazine named Adolf Hitler as Man of the Year 1938, or that Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
But, as you are reading this on the Celtic Castles website, here are some factlets which are appropriately castley!
Some of their trees have cancer: a sentence I bet you weren’t expecting to read in this article, but there we are!More »
World War Two was raging in Europe and D-Day had arrived. The Normandy Landings had taken place in 1944 and the château was situated right between enemy lines, with Brits and Canadians on one side and a German Panzer division on the other. The building was hit by 27 105mm shells, as were trees on the grounds.
You can see big bulges and deep gashes on the trunks of the largest trees, which are the traces of deep wounds. Shrapnel penetrated the wood to a depth of 40 centimetres. Every year, even now, some of them die from the long struggle against the cancer which eats away at them.