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Foundations of a building set against this wall remain. The Queen’s Tower is the first of the line of mural towers on the south side. It has three stories connected by a spiral stair in the north-west corner, while a mural chamber in the north-east was a chapel on the upper floor and probably also in similar chambers on the lower floors. Wall passages connected to the wall-walks. A single large turret rises from battlement level, with a small hexagonal chamber on the way to the top. This tower was known as the Banner Tower in the 14th century and a hole in a lintel above the steps would have housed the base of a flag staff.
Despite the elaborate Inner Ward at Conwy, King Edward only visited it once, in the winter of 1294/95 during the uprising of Madog; no royal visitor came again until Richard II in 1399, shortly before his deposition. In 1277, nine mounted serjeants and 40 foot soldiers protected the castle at Builth, though after the surrender of Llewelyn it was reduced to four horsemen and ten infantry. After the revolt of 1294 Builth tended to become a muster point, and men grouped there for service abroad in 1319, 1321, 1334 and 1385.
The Queen’s Gate is built at a height because of the motte and was provided with a flight of stone stairs to a turning bridge. Next comes the small Watch Tower with pentise roof. The eastern town wall joins the castle at the North-East Tower, whose turret has arrow loops below the battlements. The next section of curtain is the later, northern, run built mainly between 1296 and 1323, which does not include wall passages nor banding on the stones. The Granary Tower has a well serving the inner ward.
A-10 Warthog in Action No 49 by Lou Drendel