An Historical Tour in Monmouthshire Volume 2

An Historical Tour in Monmouthshire Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1801 edition. Excerpt: ...on a small rife, or artificial mound, but without any appearance of a moat or draw-bridge. The entrance, which was several feet from the ground, is much broken; the arches of the windows that remain are plainly rounded. The principal entrance of the castle was probably on the northern side, on a raised mound of earth still visible, but the walls are fallen down, and no traces of the porch can be perceived. There was probably a draw-bridge, and two round towers. The walls were originally provided with no other apertures than small crunks. On the side of the village, the view of the ruins is obstructed by houses, sheds, and ricks; but on the bridge of the Monnow they appear to some advantage, from the elevation of the Juliet, .which towers above the dilapidated walls; the bridge itself is a pleasing object; it is of stone, and consists of two gothic arches. Bach, sixth son of Cadivor ap Gwaithvoed, or Cadivor Vaur, is mentioned by Enderbie See the engraving on the plan. Enderbie as lord of Scenfreth, which was wrested from him by one of the Norman chieftains. Although I have not been able to discover any other account of this place before the reign of king John, yet I have little hesitation in deciding, from the style of the architecture, that it is the oldest castle in Monmouthshire, and was anterior to the conquest; but as it was inferior in strength and consequence to Monmouth, Grosmont, and White castles, its name does not so often occur, and its history is confounded with that of those fortresses. Scenfreth is seldom mentioned singly, but follows the fortune of the two other Castles, and is always conveyed with them to the different proprietors, who obtained them either by marriage or grant from the crown: it was likewise seised by..show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889665
  • 9781236889669