Photographer: Bedford, Francis (1816-1894)
Medium: Photographic print
“At the next moment we stood before that great extent of ancient towers and walls, enclosed in their grass-grown ditch, and beautifully draped with ivy. I pulled out my guide-book…and began to read… ‘The castle was founded in the eleventh century by William Fitzosborn, Earl of Hereford, a relative of William the Conqueror. In the thirteenth century the greater part of the original structure was taken down, and one, larger and of great strength, was erected. It is still a magnificent pile, towering upon the summit of a cliff whose base is washed by the classic Wye. The site occupies three acres of ground, and is divided into four courts.’”
Excerpt from “Chepstow Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.