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Chepstow Castle

Chepstow Castle is one of the earliest stone castles to be built in England, set high upon a cliff above the River Wye, at the site of a Roman ford, guarding one of the main river crossings from southern England into Wales. Few castles in Wales are as important than Chepstow in the story of Wales from the period of the Norman conquest. Even today the remains of this important castle are considerable, situated dramatically on the steep cliffs with the red waters of the River Wye winding its way far below. A fabulous castle rich in history and a must see for any castle-finder.

History of Chepstow Castle

1071- Lord William fitz Osbern of Breteuil is created Earl of Hereford a few months after the battle of Hastings by William the Conqueror to subdue the southern Welsh borderlands. He builds the stone keep with materials taken from the nearby Roman town of Caerwent. The town of Cheap-stow -'the market town' is established.

1071 - Earl William fitz Osbern dies in the battle of Cassel in Flanders.

1075 - William's son, Roger, rebels against the king and has his lands forfeited. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent