Gwent - Wales

Castle work was started by William fitzOsbern in 1067 and construction of the Great Hall Keep or tower was completed around 1090. It is one of the finest remaining examples

of Norman stone craftsmanship and design.

In 1189 the castle passed by marriage to, 1st Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal who began to enlarge and improve the defences and to build the present main gatehouse.

Further work was done by Marshal’s sons William, Richard, Gilbert and Walter.

In 1270 the castle was inherited by Roger Bigod, 5th earl of Norfolk, who carried on a programme of improvements building a new tower on the outer bailey wall, later to be called, ‘Martin’s Tower’ which dominates the eastward land approach.

By the 17th century the building had fallen into disrepair.

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