St Briavels Castle Wedding.
St Briavels Castle Wedding Gallery.
About St Briavels Castle.
St Briavels Castle is a moated Norman castle at St Briavels in the English county of Gloucestershire.
The castle is noted for its huge Edwardian gatehouse that guards the entrance.
St Briavels Castle was originally built between 1075 and 1129 as a royal administrative centre for the Forest of Dean.
Built in the early 12th century, St Briavel’s was an important royal castle on the frontier with Wales and the administrative and judicial centre of the Forest of Dean – a royal hunting ground where the game was protected and the king alone allowed to hunt.
Edward, I added a fine twin-towered gatehouse to St Briavel’s in 1292. During his reign the castle was a crossbow bolt factory, using local Forest of Dean iron to produce weapons for his campaigns against the Welsh and Scots.
After the conquest of Wales, the gatehouse became a debtor’s prison, and the castle is now a youth hostel, set in the wonderful walking country.