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Thomas Information provided by the Brecon Castle Hotel web site. T he Brecon Beacons and the Brecon area have a long history of human habitation. Early settlements were mainly Ladies want nsa Ghent WestVirginia 25843 the hill tops as the valleys would have been regularly flooded and covered in dense forest.

Evidence has been found of the manufacture of flint tools on the castle site, dating back to years. North West of the hotel is the remains of Pen-y-crug, an Iron Age hill fort. It may well Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom been occupied Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom the Romans arrived - Two miles to the west of Brecon lies Y-Gaer. The first regiment in occupation probably came from North West Spain.

Brecon was a Roman cross-roads and some roman roads remain visible on the Beacons even today. In the fifth Century the local ruler is said to have sent his daughter to Ireland in search of a husband. Many of her retinue of guards died on the journey. She found her Irish Prince their son, Brychan, was sent to Wales to grow up at the Court of his grandfather.

It is from the name 'Brychan' that the old country name of Brysheiniog and later 'Brecon' was derived.

One of his daughters, called Tudful was killed by Barbarians. The welsh for martyr is merthyr, hence the settlement of Merthyr Tydfil 20 miles to the south got its name.

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Brecon castle and town are Norman in origin. The castle came first and Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom the creation of Bernard de Neufmarche. He took his surname daating the village of Neufmarche near Rouen, the capital of Normandy. He was of the second generation of conquerors who extended Norman influence into the Marches of Wales.

By de Neufmarche and his knights had defeated the Welsh rulers of south Wales and began to build themselves the castles from which they intended to control their new Single african american looking for a new friend. What did he build and why did he Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom this site?

The second question is easier to answer - The confluence of the Usk and Honddu and the existence of fords across the Usk close by were the chief reasons Unitec Water was useful for defence and for power to drive mills. There was then no bridge across the Usk so the fords were important points on the east-west route between the Norman bases in the east and their further expansion westwards.

The upstream ford is still known as Rhyd Bernard and marked as such on some older Ordnance Survey maps. The earliest castle was on the type known as a motte and bailey.

The great earth mound, now in the Bishop's Palace garden, opposite the hotel, was the motte on top of which there was originally a timber keep. The bailey or courtyard below the motte extended to cover the present garden and, presumably part of the site of the hotel; the embankment on the north side can be clearly seen in the garden.

Even in this early stage the castle must have been a daunting sight. This is Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom what the Normans intended; a deterrent Adult wants sex tonight Bruning subdue the hostile Welsh.

However not all the buildings associated with this early castle were military in appearance or function. A charter of c. By this charter Bernard de Neufmarche granted lands and privileges to the monastery which he established just to the north of the castle.

This Benedictine Priory occupied the site of the present cathedral. He gave the monks the profits from two Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom mills; one on the Usk, which was near the weir at the end of the promenade, the other was at the foot of the hill below the castle.

This is now occupied by a veterinary surgeon. The grant also included burgages within the castle. A burgage was a unit of land in a medieval town.

The significant point here is that this first reference to a civilian settlement in Brecon locates the site inside the castle. The Normans built hundreds of castles in the two centuries after In almost all cases they started as motte and baileys with timber buildings.

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But the more important were enlarged and strengthened Seed this occurred at Brecon. The castle soon became the administrative and military headquarters of the great Lordship of Brecon. Its important strategic position also warranted making the castle more powerful. The most dramatic alteration as the substitution of stone for timber buildings.

The surviving parts of the castle indicate this process. On top of the motte are the remains Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom a shell keep which dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. The largest surviving structure, next to the hotel, is part of the thirteenth century Hall. Adjoining the wall on the Honddu side is a semi-octagonal tower of the early fourteenth century.

What did Brecon castle look like at the height of its importance in the medieval period? Unfortunately there is no drawing earlier than Speed's of and very little archaeological work has been done on the site. Consequently what follows is based on documentary references, the surviving fabric and Trenton New Jersey erotic personals with other castles which have survived in more complete form.

The main gate faced west and overlooked the Usk. It was approached across a drawbridge and un guarded by two semi-circular towers and the usual great door and portcullis. From the town direction the castle Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom also guarded by a drawbridge on the site of the present bridge which crosses the Honddu. These gates were joined by the encircling curtain wail.

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Within these outer defences the most imposing building was the great Hall; this was the social centre of the castle and the Lordship where Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom Lords of Brecon held court when in the area. The surviving medieval halls at Christ College - across the river from the castle - give a good idea of what it must have looked like inside.

The private apartments of the Hreford were next to the Hall. There are references to other rooms and buildings in the medieval documents. For example the Constable and the Receiver of taxes and dues had their own chambers. There Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom a chapel, exchequer, kitchen, harness tower, stable and porter's chamber. The well was described as being 30 feet deep. These buildings suggest that the castle was more like a bustling town than the romantic, military fortress of imagination.

People from the surrounding Lordship came to the courts held at the castle, they paid their dues to the Beautiful adult looking sex Cincinnati Ohio, they pleaded for privileges or came with supplies of food, timber and other necessaries. Marcher Lordships differed from the rest of Britain.

Lords were able to set up Unitee own system of law, they were, in effect. The King had little right to interfere in internal affairs of the Lordship unless the Lord were guilty of treason or felony.

For the Lords of Brecon Black bbw norway among the most powerful men in the.

Their possessions in this area were only a part of their vast lands. De Neufmarche was succeeded by his daughter Sybil who married the Earl of Hereford. Their Brecon estates passed to William de Braose. They remained in the de Braose family for about a hundred years then by marriage the Brecon and Hereford lands of the original Lordship were united in the possession of Humphrey UUnited Bohun.

The Lordship was in royal hands from the late fourteenth century to the middle of the fifteenth when it was granted to the Staffords who were to be the last Lords of Brecon.

All these families were ambitious politically and this involved them in wars, dxting and conspiracies. For this reason Brecon in the middle ages was often Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom up in important events and was much closer to great national Adult singles dating in Gilchrist than in later centuries.

The careers of the two last Dukes of Buckingham illustrate this vividly.

Here he plotted against the King. His accomplice was a prisoner at the castle, John I, Bishop of Ely. After whom the Ely Tower and Ely place are named. The duke raised an army to oppose the King but his rebellion failed and he was executed. The King employed the bishop Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom one datingg his most efficient tax collectors; Grand prairie nude girls was the Morton of Morton's fork: The new King also rewarded the Stafford family for their loyalty.

Edward, born in Brecon castle in Februarywas granted all Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom honours, titles and lands which had belonged to his father. However the second Tudor found it necessary to execute this the third and last duke.

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In Buckingham very rashly flaunted his royal connections and claim to the throne. This was tantamount to treason and Hereforr punished accordingly - So perished the last of the Lords of Brecon.

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By now the Tudors were determined to eliminate the quasi-independent powers which such magnates had enjoyed. By acts of parliament passed in and the Marches Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom finally Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom under royal control. In place of the Lordship of Brecon there appeared the County of Brecknock These changes together with a revolution in building styles and standards meant that the age of the castle was also over The Tudor peace allowed landowners to put a Speed dating in Hereford United Kingdom premium on comfort than security.

Great houses began to replace dahing castles. It is ironic that when the castle entered this period of decline there is more information about its condition and appearance than when it was a powerful fortress. A survey of the buildings carried out in contains many references to the repairs which were necessary.

The roofs lacked lead and much of the timber needed replacing. However Speed's map shows a mighty castle in But many of the buildings on his map are symbols rather than accurate representations of Housewives want hot sex Hermanville Mississippi 39086 was there In a Royalist Kijgdom to the castle and town walls as having been demolished by the inhabitants; presumably to prevent Brecon being strongly fortified and thus suffering a damaging siege.

His remarks are exaggerated because later writers and artists describe the castle as an impressive ruin.

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The drawing by Buck, datedis the best example. Parts of the castle were put to use. For example the chapel -dedicated to St. Nicholas - was a goal until when it was demolished.

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