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Only a small part of what was once an 8 acre site remains. The large mound is 50ft high and up to 60ft in diameter, traces of the ditch that surrounded the mound remain as do some parts of the castle that surrounded it.
Written Aug 9, 2010
The ruins of Crickhowell Castle stand on what is now a playing area on the South Eastern edge of the town. In its' heyday, the Castle was one of the chain of Castles in the Usk Valley. The 12th Century motte and bailey timber Castle was created by the Turberville family while the stonework was created by Sir Grimbald Pauncefoot who was one of Edward I's household Knights. The Castle passed into Mortimer hands but in 1402 was restored to Sir Grimbald's grandson Sir John, who refortified the Castle. After the site was passed via Crown ownership to Siir William Herbert of Raglan, it fell into disrepair and many of the stones were robbed by housebuilders in the town. Part of a tower near the Motte and the gatehouse can still be seen today and are worth a look if you like Castles and are in the area.
Written Jun 1, 2010
Address: Castle Road, Crickhowell
We called in here for a drink while having a quick walk around Crickhowell. The Bear Hotel is a great place with lots of comfy seating areas in the bar area and a fabulous looking menu. It looked like you could eat from the bar menu and sit by the tables in the bar or there was a more formal looking restaurant area towards the rear of the bar which comprised of a number of little elegant rooms for those who want to eat more formally. Those eating in the bar near to where we were sitting recived a great service from the waiters/waitresses. I'd love to try the food here and will make a bee line for it, next time I'm hungry and in the area!!
There is a reasonably sized car park at the rear of the hotel, just drive through the arch which has 'Post horses' written above it!
Written Jun 1, 2010