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View of Chepstow castle on the River Wye 6-k

View of Chepstow castle on the River Wye 6-k

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 6-k

Genre: Topographical Print

Coloured view from the River Wye of Chepstow castle. Chepstow is a town on the border between England and Wales, on the lowest defensible point on the River Wye. As can be seen in the picture, the Norman stone keep, perched on a long, thin, craggy clifftop, dominates the rest of the castle. One of the earliest of its type, it was built in AD1071 by one of William I's followers, William fitz Osbern. William Coxe, a clergyman who visited Chepstow in 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". It was around this time that tours of the picturesque Wye Valley reached their height of popularity, with the castle providing a romantic backdrop.

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