Grosmont castle is one of the 'Three Castles' owned by Hubert de Burgh. The other two castles are White Castle and Skenfrith Castle situated not far away. These three castles in the Welsh Marches were designed to enforce the Baron's control over the local population.
|Grosmont Castle Key Facts|
|County||Monmouthshire (9 castles)|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||At any reasonable time|
|Moat||A deep ditch cuts the castle off from the surrounding area. The ditch is dry.|
|There are plent of remains at this castle to make a visit worthwhile. Situated in a picturesque village. Why not try and visit White Castle or Skenfrith Castle while you are in the area.|
|1201||Hubert de Burgh granted castles|
|Hubert de Burgh was granted the three castles of White, Skenfrith and Grosmont in the Welsh Marches by King John.|
|1205||William de Braose granted lands|
|William de Braose, King John's favourite, was granted the three castles of White, Grosmont and Skenfrith.|
|1220||Grosmont Castle building work|
|Hubert de Burgh improved the defences at Grosmont Castle, including the gatehouse and towers.|
|1233||Nov||Rout of Henry's army|
|Henry III's army was camped at Grosmont Castle when they were attacked in the night by a force of Welsh and English rebels. Several of Henry's supporters were captured and the castle was returned to Hubert de Burgh, one of the rebels.|
|1254||Henry gives Edward his own lands|
|Henry III granted Edward (I) areas of land including Crown lands in Wales, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Gascony. He was also given cities such as Bristol, Stamford and Grantham.These areas were on the edge of Henry's lands and the idea was to give Edward experience of governing lands of his own before becoming king. Edward was granted the three castles in the Marches, Skenfrith, White and Grosmont.|
|1405||Spring||Battles of Grosmont and Usk|
|English forces fought and defeated Welsh forces in two battles at Grosmont and Usk. Sir John Talbot defeated Glyndwr at Grosmont and Prince Henry forced the Welsh to flee at Usk. Glyndwr's eldest son was captured at Usk and sent to the Tower of London where he died.|
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