A Trip to Goodrich Castle

Today Emily and me plan to visit Goodrich castle:

It was built after the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066, and remained in use until about 1640 when it was besieged during the English civil war, captured, and partly demolished.

Reading about it yesterday, I learned that it was built to protect an old Roman road running from Glevum (Gloucester) to Isca (Caerleon), and which had a bridge over the river Wye near the castle.

So I’ve been trying to find out where this Roman road lay. One map I found (below)

showed the road running from Ariconium (Weston-under-Penyard, 5 km east of Ross-on-Wye) to Blestium (Monmouth). Roman roads were usually straight, so my guess is that the road ran something like this:

Map of local vicinity:

After Emily and I have discovered the lost Roman bridge today, we’ll visit one of the riverside pubs to recuperate.

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5 Responses to A Trip to Goodrich Castle

  1. Barry Homan says:

    I’m sure Emily wanted to move right into it :)

  2. beobrigitte says:

    The castle looks impressive!! Is it haunted?
    Enjoy your day there and have a drink for me in/outside the pub.

  3. Rose says:

    That looks a very interesting castle to explore and if you do find a bit of the lost Roman bridge, I hope you’ll take photographs.

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