Beaupre – castle

History

The oldest fragments of the castle, or in fact the fortified court, now called the Old Beaupre Castle, were erected around 1300. At the time, it belonged to the Basset family from Normandy. In the sixteenth century, on the initiative of Sir Rice Mansel, an intensive expansion was undertaken, continued by William Basset and ended by his son, Richard. As a result, Beaupre at the beginning of the 17th century became a luxury residence. In the following years, no more works were carried out, and after the English Civil War, the estate of the Basset family collapsed. At the beginning of the 18th century, their legacy eventually turned to the Jones family. They decided not to settle in the old court and chose a smaller but more comfortable residence, the New Beaupre. The court was sold in 1709 and since then it was in a state of ruin, of which only a part was suitable for habitation. Merely the south-east wing was occupied and used as a farm.

Architecture

The original building from the fourteenth century, currently located on the south-east side of the inner ward, perhaps had the character of a defensive-residential tower house. During the late Middle Ages, it was enlarged from the west by adding a rectangular building, and in the first half of the sixteenth century, a building in the eastern corner. At that time, the whole of the castle was similar in shape to the letter L. It is still visible next to the renaissance porch, the original arch of its gate, today bricked up and with a window from the Tudor period placed in it. After further extension from the 16th century, the manor occupied an area of about 100 meters long and 25 to 56 meters wide with the main buildings around the quadrangular ward and with a large, rectangular building of the entrance gate from the north. A three-storey building was added on the west side of the inner ward, and in the south numerous farm buildings were erected.

Current state

Beaupre Castle is a perfect example of a late-medieval court that was rebuilt during the Tudor period. Currently only two wings are roofed, the others are in a well-preserved state of ruin. Particularly noteworthy is the hall in the oldest, medieval part of the complex with a magnificent fireplace from the fourteenth century. The mansion is under the care of the Cadw government agency, it is open all year round and is available free of charge for sightseeing. Only the southern, economic buildings from the Tudor age are now private apartments and are not made available to tourists.

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bibliography:
Website castlewales.com, Beaupre Castle.

Website wikipedia.org, Old Beaupre Castle.