Chepstow below the Bridge
Medium: Pencil on paper
View in pencil taken from below the bridge of Chepstow. Chepstow straddles the border between England and Wales, on the lowest defensible point on the River Wye. As can be seen in the picture, the Norman castle of Chepstow dominates the landscape, perched on a long, thin craggy clifftop. Built in 1071 by William fitz Osbern, it is one of the earliest castles of its type. William Coxe, a clergyman who visited Chepstow around 1801, noted: "The ponderous remains of the castle form a grand and prominent feature in this diversified scenery; they cover a large tract of land, and stretch along the brow of the perpendicular cliff which impends over the Wye." Chepstow also had a Norman priory along the cliff from the castle.