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The first Montgomery Castle was built in the 1070s by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl of Arundel and one of King William I’s most powerful supporters. It was a motte and bailey castle, built in wood at Hen Domen, a short distance from the modern town, but was replaced by a stone castle on a rocky hilltop overlooking modern Montgomery between 1223 and 1234. The town developed beneath this far more formidable fortress. Hen Domen fell into disuse, its earthworks still visible on private land adjacent to the modern village of Hendomen.
The Welsh leader Owain Glyndŵr attacked and destroyed the town in 1402, but the castle remained until the Civil War and the Battle of Montgomery that took place just to the north east of the town in September 1644, a major defeat for the Royalist cause. The castle survived, but was slighted in 1649.
Though in ruins, the castle’s impressive defences can be appreciated and the views over the town and the valley of the River Camlad are terrific.
There is a car park at the top of the hill (unnamed road) next to the castle, but though it is steep the walk up from town is more rewarding. The post code is therefore for the Dragon Hotel, where it is possible to park outside in the Market Square.
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