Chepstow Castle


Chepstow Castle, located in Monmouthshire, South Wales, was first built c. 1067 by William FitzOsbern and then significantly improved c. 1190 CE by Sir William Marshal (c. 1146-1219 CE), one of England's greatest ever knights who served four kings and acted as regent for Henry III of England (r. 1216-1272 CE). Chepstow Castle then became the home of a succession of rich and powerful medieval and Tudor nobles. Despite its innovative design, and the expense of its formidable defensive features - or perhaps because of them, the castle was never attacked in the medieval period. Chepstow is today a fine example of 11-13th-century CE castle architecture and boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe.

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  • 1067 - 1090
    The first Great Hall of Chepstow Castle is built.
  • c. 1067
    Earl William FitzOsbern begins the construction of Chepstow Castle in Wales.
  • c. 1072
    The tower keep of Chepstow Castle, Wales is built.
  • 1086 - 1087
    Domesday Book lists Chepstow Castle in Wales as an asset.
  • 1138
    King Stephen of England makes Chepstow Castle in Wales a part of the estate of the Earl of Pembroke.
  • c. 1146 - 1219
    The life of the great English knight Sir William Marshal.
  • c. 1190
    Sir William Marshal begins rebuilding Chepstow Castle in Wales.
  • Jul 1217
    Henry III of England visits Chepstow Castle in Wales.
  • c. 1272
    Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, builds the western gatehouse at Chepstow Castle.
  • 1285
    A new Great Hall is completed at Chepstow Castle.
  • Dec 1285
    Edward I of England visits Chepstow Castle in Wales.
  • c. 1287 - 1293
    The Marten's Tower is added to Chepstow Castle, Wales.