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Raglan Castle

Brief History of Raglan Castle

  • 1432: Sir William ap Thomas buys Raglan - manor house and estates; builds new castle
  • 1445: His son, William Herbert, inherits at father's death; builds the Great Tower
  • 1462: Henry Tudor placed in custody of Lord Herbert and his wife at Raglan Castle
  • 1468: Herbert made Earl of Pembroke by King Edward IV; executed in 1469
  • 1479: Chapel and hall roofs retiled; Herbert's widow and heir live at Chepstow Castle
  • 1492: Elizabeth Herbert marries Duke of Somerset; 1504, he is made Baron of Raglan
  • 1549: Henry 2nd Earl of Worcester inherits; enhances Raglan using material from abbeys
  • 1550: 3rd Earl of Worcester improves hall; Office wing rebuilt; Long Gallery added
  • 1589: 4th Earl adds Elizabethan features and develops gardens, inc. water garden
  • 1646: Earl supports Charles I in Civil War; surrenders to Parliament; damaged further

Visitor Information Summary

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