This picturesque moated castle,
was built in 1480, by William,
Lord Hastings. Locals were hired
to sit up all night and watch the
level of the moat to assure there
would be no flooding of the castle.
Over looking the River Wye are the red sandstone
ruins of Goodrich Castle. A reputed haunting stems
from a tragic love story dating back to 1646. A niece
of a Parliamentarian took refuge in the castle with
her Royalist lover. Fearing for their lives, they tried
to cross the rain swollen river and were swept
away to their deaths.
brick built castle. The castle was seized by
the Crown in 1471 and remained in loyal
hands to the time of Henry the VIII, after
which it was owned by the Earls of Leicester.
They abandoned it in the 1690's. In 1910 the keep's
fireplaces were ripped out and sold, and it might
have been demolished, but Lord Curzon bought
and restored it, as he did with Bodiam Castle.
Built around 1140, Castle Rising Castle, has one of the
nicest keeps in England. The castle played its only
notable part in history when King
Edward III sent his mother Isabella to live
in isolation here after a plot against him
involving her lover, Roger Mortimer.