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Chepstow Castle

 Sunday lived up to its name and was glorious. So, with my mother in tow, (with a disabled badge she gets across the Severn Bridges free) we set off early in the afternoon. An hour or so later we were trying to find somewhere to park in Chepstow. The town is in the very bottom right hand corner of Wales and has England to the south, east and north of it. I've driven past Chepstow loads of times but had never stopped there before. It's a lovely little town, and here are some pictures to prove it.


It's a shame this picture came out so dark because it was a lovely view across the River Wye to the town and castle on the Welsh bank. But I did like the street lamp.


I loved this row of houses in Bridge Street.


The first of many photos of the castle


Looking back to the place (in front of the white house) where I took the first photo.


This castle is the oldest stone fortification in Britain. It was begun in 1067. It was built as part of a series of defences along the border to keep the Welsh in check while William the Conqueror was establishing his kingdom in England.


The castle was added to and developed over the next couple of hundred years. One of the main people involved in the fortification of Chepstow Castle was William Marshal, who rose from obscurity to become one of the most powerful figures in all Britain's history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Marshal




 



There was some great stonework amongst the ruins.






I loved this window, the colour of the stone, the work of the stonemasons and even the view of the town through it.


The old bridge and the River Wye from the castle.










Looking upriver from the castle grounds.










This doorway, or at least the arch above it, fascinated me. I loved the detail in the stones.








I liked Chepstow Castle. Apart from its historical significance it just struck me as being a 'proper' castle!
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