ST5394 : Chepstow Castle Great Tower

taken 10 years ago, near to Chepstow/Cas-Gwent, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, Great Britain

Chepstow Castle Great Tower
Chepstow Castle Great Tower
A view of the northern flank of the Great Tower at Chepstow Castle taken from a viewing terrace in another part of the castle. It is thought that the little terrace from which I took this photo was created specifically for the purpose of admiring the view of the River Wye and the rest of the formidable castle.
The Great Tower seen here is one of the earliest parts of the castle, having been created in about 1090, though not originally as tall, as extra stories were added later. See also ST5394 : Inside the Great Tower for an interior view.
Chepstow Castle

The magnificent Norman castle at Chepstow was begun in about 1067 - notably soon after the Norman victory at Hastings. The original owner was William FitzOsbern, though undoubtedly under instruction from William the Conqueror to create a defensive bulwark at this strategic position near the confluence of the Wye with the Severn.
Later important owners included the Marshals, Earls of Pembroke - William, 1st Earl (1147-1219) and his sons, William (2nd Earl), Richard (3rd Earl), Gilbert (4th Earl) and Walter (5th Earl) - up to 1245. This family extended the castle and raised the height of the Great Tower.
In 1270 the castle was inherited by the influential Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, a contemporary of Edward I, who had a variable, occasionally friendly, occasionally stormy relationship with the king. Roger extended the castle further adding a suite of rooms to perhaps accommodate the king should he visit.
The castle had several later owners that modified it in numerous ways, until finally it was partially dismantled from about 1685 and it gradually became the romantic ruin that it is today.
There are plenty of rooms and ruins to explore at this castle and it is well worth a visit. It is owned and cared for by CADW - website here LinkExternal link

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Sunday, 13 May, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 May, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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Chepstow 
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5332 9411 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.6304N 2:40.5604W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5339 9417
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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