place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
CASTLE, ROSS-ON-WYE - PAGE ONE
mentioned on the 'Historic
Ross' page of this web site, Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
is located high above the river Wye near Ross-on-Wye. The castle
was a medieval fortified palace which is now owned by English
Heritage and open to visitors. The entrance fee includes a free
digital guided tour. Mostly,
the castle is still intact. Although unoccupied by the sixteenth
century it was still able to withstand a major siege during the
English Civil War. Built around 1150, the keep is the castle's
oldest remaining section.
FILMS: GOODRICH CASTLE AND OTHER HISTORIC PLACES TO VISIT
WITHIN EASY REACH OF ROSS-ON-WYE
series of short films above show places in the the Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Forest of Dean. For
more films about the local area, you are welcome to visit the
Video page, from which you can view the above films and more,
gatehouse, Goodrich Castle as viewed from ground level.
gatehouse as viewed from the top of the keep.
tower, east range and wall walk, Goodrich Castle.
mist inside the dungeon, Goodrich Castle.
from the rear of the dungeon, Goodrich Castle.
of the main gatehouse from the great hall of Goodrich Castle.
the gatehouse, Goodrich Castle.
private chamber, Goodrich Castle.
tower as viewed from the top of the keep, Goodrich Castle.
photographs below were taken on February 23rd 2003, on a rather
cloudy day, which may not have been a particularly good day for
photography but certainly enhanced the castle's atmosphere. Before
making this particular visit, I had already decided to mention
the 'Goodrich Ghost' out of interest and that I will still do,
on page two. I have always been somewhat sceptical regarding these
matters but find myself becoming more convinced as my photographic
expeditions go on. One of the photographs of the inside of the
dungeon below, which was taken in total darkness
shows an eerie, misty haze towards the area of the back wall.
I have taken photographs in this same spot on a number of previous
occasions and know that it is not a feature of the stonework.
I was inside the dungeon alone, not smoking and stood about 15
feet from the haze whilst taking the photograph, so it cannot
be my breath condensing in the cold air. The next photograph in
the series was taken a matter of half a minute later from the
area of the haze and shows nothing unusual. I felt no sensation
of anything out of the ordinary in the dungeon with me, although
it did feel particularly cold. Spooky!!! Click
here for larger photographs and more information.