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Penhow Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in West Country, United Kingdom.

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This is the most complete  of the many small castles built by minor Norman knights in South Wales. A few years ago it was restored and refurnished in an authentic late medieval fashion and it is a delight to visit. Lying close to an old church, it has a 12th century keep, a 13th century curtain wall, a 14th century gatehouse, a 15th century main hall, and an L-shaped house of the 16th century and later.

Written by  Mike Salter.

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I found the following piece of information on the Web, dating from January 2009:

"DETAILED plans of various alterations proposed for Penhow Castle, Newport, are now with the city council.

Richard Seymour wants to carry out a number of works including the removal of the tower and reinstating original window openings at the historic building."

What does this mean "removal of the tower"? Not the old Norman keep tower, is it??? I can't imagine they would allow this to happen. I hope not!


Having been sold, some years ago the castle is in private hands and not open. It is owned by a Seymour family again, presumably a descendant of the Seymour family well represented in English History and a major owner of land in this area. (Parc Seymour is part of Penhow)

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