Monmouthshire in Wales Information from Cadw
20th March 2015 – first day of Spring. All photos by Hetty
After seeing the eclipse of the sun, it was a lovely sunny day, so we drove via Gloucester to Chepstow. (We returned via the old Severn Bridge, as it is free from Wales to England).
Chepstow Castle was built on a narrow ridge above the River Wye, from the 11th to 17th century. It was started in 1067 for William Fitzosborn, a cousin to William the Conqueror, and is the oldest stone fortification in Britain.
The Norman Keep, 11th century, in the centre of the castle, on a high cliff.
Inside the keep – the grand windows were added later, only on the river side.
Looking down the side by The Dell
Looking down to the lower castle
Then we walked up The Dell to the town, with the castle above us
On the other side, inside the town walls, is the Gatehouse
St Mary’s Church (former priory) retains its Norman doorway (late 11th century)
Inside is the Worcester Tomb. Henry, died in 1549, with his second wife Elizabeth.
High and dry, by the river Wye
Powis Almshouses, 1721
Nearby – Tintern Abbey