Monmouthshire Food Festival is held in the historic surroundings of Caldicot Castle. We are proud of our venue and would like to tell you something of its history.
Caldicot Castle, the venue for Monmouthshire Food Festival, stands on land that has been occupied since the Bronze Age. In the first century the Romans arrived in the area and built a new town called Venta Silurum at nearby Caerwent.
The first Caldicot Castle was built in Saxon times. In 1086 the Normans erected a motte and bailey castle on the site of the earlier Saxon fortress. In 1221 Henry de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, built a stone keep on top of the motte together with a curtain wall and two corner towers. Later a two-story gatehouse with portcullis entry was erected. The Bohun family held the castle until 1373.
In 1373 Humphrey de Bohun died and Caldicot Castle passed by marriage to Thomas Woodstock, the youngest son of Edward III. Woodstock and his wife Eleanor (nee Bohun) spent vast sums turning it from a defensive fortress into a sumptuous residence worthy of their status. Among the improvements was the great gatehouse in the south wall. The improvements at Caldicot Castle were brought to an end in 1397 when Woodstock was murdered for opposing the marriage of Richard II to Isabelle de Valois.
His daughter Anne Woodstock married Edmund, Earl of Stratford and their son Humphrey became the first Duke of Buckingham. After his death during the Wars of the Roses the Castle passed to the Dukes of Stafford who held it until 1521 when it passed to the Duchy of Lancaster.
Caldicot Castle was purchased by the antiquarian JR Cobb in 1855 and it was he who restored it to the medieval grandeur that we see today.
Our visitors are able to explore Caldicot castle during their visit to the festival.
For more information about Monmouthshire Food Festival please visit: monmouthshirefoodfestival.co.uk