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Caldicott Castle

Caldicot stands on a fortified site two miles from the sea and on the route of the Roman road Via Julia. The keep was built by Humphrey de Bohun after he inherited the lordship in 1221. The curtain wall came next, though it was not until the 14th century that the great Gatehouse was built for Thomas Woodcock, son of Edward III, who married Eleanor de Bohun and proceeded to lavish money on the castle in the 1380's.

History of Caldicott Castle

1086 - Early Norman invaders to south Wales quickly recognise, as did the Romans before them, the importance of the site at Caldicot overlooking the Bristol Channel, essential to shipping, transport of supplies and crossing to England. They build a timber motte castle with two baileys, surrounded with a deep ditch to control the surrounding area.

1221 - Humphrey de Bohun, the 'Good Earl' of Hereford, inherits Caldicot and wastes no time in erecting a round stone keep.

1340's - Building of the Great Hall is undertaken. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent