Category: Wales

Chepstow – the origins of settlement

Chepstow – the origins of settlement

As it's the anniversary of the death of William Marshal today in 1219, here is a snippet of info about the town of Chepstow. The promontory that Chepstow Castle and surrounds sit on appears to have never been inhabited prehistorically or by the Romans; Chepstow only became settled once the castle had been built between … Continue reading Chepstow – the origins of settlement

Monmouth Castle Bridge Then & Now

Monmouth Castle Bridge Then & Now

  A little known but important battle in November 1233 between Richard Marshal of Chepstow Castle and Baldwin III, Count of Guines, castellan of that time of Monmouth Castle (See Here).  The battle was violent and bloody, with the retreating forces of Monmouth falling foul of the medieval bridge and drowning men and horses in … Continue reading Monmouth Castle Bridge Then & Now

Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe

Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe

According to the Castles of Wales website, Caerphilly Castle is not only one of the greatest feats of castle building in Western Europe, but also the second largest in Britain (after Windsor), the first true concentric castle built in Britain and a 'revolutionary masterpiece of military planning' when it was built in the late 13th … Continue reading Caerphilly Castle – a military medieval castle considered one of the greatest in Western Europe