Gwent - Wales

Built originally as a motte and bailey type fort by William fitzOsbern c.1071.

The ruin we see today is the result of building works put in hand by Hubert de Burgh, Edmond Crouchback and his son Henry of Grosmont.

Firstly, Hubert was responsible for turning this building into a fortress when c.1224 he started replacing and building anew in the local red sandstone; the gatehouse, three D-shaped towers in the castle’s inner ward, linking them with a stone curtain wall to the earlier constructed hall type keep.

Edmond and his son Henry continued the building programme converting the fortress into a more luxurious place of residence.

By the 16th century, the castle was abandoned and soon fell into disrepair and ruin.

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