The name Knep is thought to have come from the old English word ‘cneap’ a natural mound. The ruined castle we see today on this ‘cneap’, was probably built by William de Braose in the early part of the 13th century as a hunting lodge. From 1208 it was King John’s possession and became a Royalist stronghold during the ‘Baron’s War.
Although records show it was kept in good repair the castle did not feature as a security risk and was still habitable in the 1600’s but it was destroyed sometime in the 17th century.
The surviving remains we see here, are thought to be part of the north end of the west wall of a tower or keep.
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