Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, Monmouthshire (Picture Index)
From the castle wall on the river bank moving left to the furthest tower shows just how large this castle is. The twin towers, poking up above the trees, just left of centre is the Main Gate.
This is the impressive, and rather forbidding, Main Gate.
Starting in the 1190s the castle was 'modernised', The present main gatehouse was built, the defences of the Middle Bailey were strenthened with round towers, and the Upper Bailey defences may have been rebuilt.
Looking through the Main Gate the Hall Block, which includes the Great Hall in the upper level, can be seen.
The ticket office is on the left.
These are the original castle doors measuring 8ft 5in wide by 11ft 7in tall. The wood in the doors of the gatehouse has been dated by dendrochronology to the period 1159-89 and are thus the oldest castle doors in Europe.
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