ST5394 : Tall part of Chepstow Castle

taken 5 years ago, near to Chepstow/Cas-Gwent, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, Great Britain

Tall part of Chepstow Castle
Tall part of Chepstow Castle
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

Chepstow :: ST5393

Chepstow/Cas-Gwent is a town in Monmouthshire. It has a castle called Chepstow Castle.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 November, 2016   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 16 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Castle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5341 9417 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.6632N 2:40.4828W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5340 9411
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