Chepstow Castle :: Shared Description

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
by Rob Farrow
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ST5394 : Chepstow Castle - Marten's Tower by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Cliff at Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
TQ3181 : Temple Church - Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Tall part of Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5393 : St. Mary's Church, Chepstow by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : Chepstow Castle Great Tower by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Scaffolding on Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : Inside the Great Tower by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : River Wye from Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : Chepstow Castle - The Earl's Chamber by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Chepstow Castle by Philip Halling
ST5394 : Bridge Street from Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : The Great Tower, Chepstow Castle by Philip Halling
TQ3181 : Temple Church - William Marshal, 2nd Earl by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : River Wye from Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin
ST5394 : Marshal's Tower, Chepstow Castle by Rob Farrow
TQ3181 : Temple Church - William Marshal, 1st Earl by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Chapel window, Chepstow Castle by Rob Farrow
ST5394 : Chepstow Castle by Deborah Tilley
ST5394 : Wall at Chepstow Castle by Hamish Griffin


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Created: Mon, 14 May 2012, Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012

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