Journal of the British Archaeological Association (Volume 10)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...receive such precise and interesting information from their respected associate, whose knowledge of the antiquities of Monmouthshire is equally accurate and extensive. According to Mr. Wakeman, out of about thirty castles which formerly existed in Monmouthshire, we possess knowledge in regard to the period of their construction and the names of their founders of only three or four. He agrees with Mr. Octavius Morgan, that no one of these can date previously to the Norman conquest, and he deduces this opinion in the first place from their position. They are such as were not chosen by our British ancestors for the sites of their strongholds: they are not found either on the summits of high hills, or on the spurs of mountains difficult of access, or offering admission only upon one side. Mr. Wakeman has pointed out one of a peculiar character, which has escaped the observation of Mr. Coxe and other antiquaries, and it may probably be looked upon as a specimen of a British fortress. It is situated rather more than a mile above Caerwent and about three miles from Caerleon, upon a lofty knoll on the banks of the Troggy, commanding the pass through which the river finds its way into the plain. The site is now covered with underwood. The castle of Caldicot offers to us architecture of different periods--from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. The building of the earlier is attributed by Mr. Wakeman to Walter Fitz-Roger, who died in the latter part of the reign of Henry I. He is known as the builder of the castle of Gloucester, about 1122, and portions of Bristol and Rochester, and part of the Tower of London, have likewise been assigned to him. His right to be considered the architect of these commanding erections is, however, very questionable; he...
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