It is thought that early in the 12th century, King Henry I, granted the manor to Hugo de Longchamp who

built a motte and bailey castle here.

It defended the bridge or natural crossing point of the River Wye and during the period of ‘Anarchy’ (1135 to 1153), King Stephen, ordered that it should be re-fortified.

It is possible the castle was rebuilt in red sandstone at this time.

Eventually the castle passed by marriage to the Norman family of Grey, in about 1300. They were prominent Lords of the Welsh ‘Marches’.

In 1555, William Grey, 13th Baron Grey de Wilton, sold the property to the Brydges family to pay for his ransom, when he was captured by the French at Guînes.

The castle was finally destroyed during the Civil War.

It is now privately owned and is being restored in partnership with English Heritage.

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