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SKENFRITH CASTLE
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Skenfrith Castle, Herefordshire is located at National Grid Reference: SO 45766 / 20325, a little over ten miles west of Ross-on-Wye and a short distance north of Monmouth. If your interest is in castles, it is definitely worth taking time out for a visit, however the castle is not as well preserved as those which can be found at Goodrich or Raglan.

Excluding the tower on the outside, all of the castle now visible was built by Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent between the years of 1219 and 1232. Documentary evidence suggests however that there had been a previous castle on the site since the time of the Norman Conquest and that this had been removed to make way for the current fortress.

During the thirteenth century, the round keep, which was probably the last part of the castle to be built, would have been crowned by a wooden fighting top with arrow loops to provide an effective, all round field of fire.

Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - the Round Keep.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - the Round Keep, seen from outside the site of the gatehouse.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - doorway to the Hall Range.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - doorway from the Hall Range.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - the Hall Range.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - a view from inside the Round Keep. .
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - a view from the Round Keep.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - a view from the Round Keep.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Skenfrith Castle - a view of the afternoon sun from the Round Keep.
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
A view of the afternoon sun from behind the Round Keep.

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