SNODHILL CASTLE

Herefordshire

Snodhill Castle, Herefordshire

Snodhill stands at the head of the beautiful Golden Valley.  The Castle dates back to before the Domesday Book, although the stonework most likely dates from 1200-1230.  Sir John Chandos was ordered to fortify his Castle at Snodhill agains the Welsh in 1403 at which point the circular towers on the curtain wall were almost certainly added.

In 1540 John Leland described the Castle as ruined, but it didn't stop Elizabeth I granting the land to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.  The final blow for the Castle came during the Civil War when it was destroyed, oddly, by the Scottish Army in 1645.

Today the Castle stands on public land near the church.

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