Caldicot Castle in Gwent (Monmouthshire)
is often neglected
in discussions of the Welsh castles. It is one of the few major castles not
within the ambit of CADW (Welsh Historic Monuments) and perhaps this explains
the low profile. Within Monmouthshire, however, the castle is much appreciated.
The local authority does a great job in making it a valuable community resource. The
thumbnails below are links to pictures of the very excellent Lion Rampant group,
presenting a picture of medieval combat to a spellbound audience at the castle
in June '03.
A Canadian knight
The Griffin knight
Contemplation before battle.
apart from having a history dating back to Saxon times, forms the picturesque
centrepiece of a beautiful country park. The keep is thought to have been built
by Humphrey de Bohun soon after 1220 and the imposing gatehouse by Thomas of
Woodstock in the 1380s. The castle was restored by a wealthy
Victorian with an interest in British naval history and was the home of the Cobb family until the
The castle was designed to look quite forbidding from outside but
is surprisingly pleasant once you enter. Caldicot could be called a castle within a castle. Once inside the main
walls, a large lawn has the 13th century Norman round keep as its focus.
It is thought that this miniature castle was itself built on the site of
an earlier Saxon stronghold.
For more information check > www.caldicotcastle.co.uk
John Weston / Data Wales 2003
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