Bramton Bryan Castle, Herefordshire
Artist: Hodges, W.
View of Brampton Bryan Castle in north-west Herefordshire. The castle is thought to have been built in the 11th century by Richard Barre, a tenant of the Mortimers of Wigmore Castle. Brampton Bryan is in fact a corruption of the name Brampton Barre and was used to distinguish this particular Brampton from the many others across England. The castle was built on a floodplain south of the River Teme and it guarded an important route from Ludlow along the Teme Valley to Knighton into Central Wales. Originally the castle had four ranges built around a central courtyard, protected by a large curtain wall and accessed through a gatehouse.