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Roch, Pembrokeshire. Roch castle is perched on an undercut and isolated rocky outcrop overlooking the wide sweep of St Bride's Bay. It is a prominent object for miles around, with its air of having been drawn by a monk to illustrate a medieval chronicle. The original castle is claimed to have been built by a Norman knight named Adam de Rupe (rupe is charter Latin for a rock). Legend further relates that Rupe built his castle on the rock to avoid the prophecy that he would die from the bite of a viper. A viper was, however, carried by mistake into the castle with a bundle of firewood. It bit Adam de Rupe. and killed him. The Roches were one of the important families in the English conquest of southern Pembrokeshire, and held big estates in its northern section.
Roch Castle (the “e” was dropped during the 19th century) was built on the edge of “Landsker”- that invisible boundary which, to this day, separates Welsh-speaking from English-speaking Pembrokeshire. The direct line of the Roches ended in 1420. By about 1601, the Castle was in the hands of the Walter family. During the Civil Wars the Castle changed hands several times, and Walter wisely took refuge in London. Lucy, the daughter, entered history after the family had fled still further to the Hague. She became the mistress of Charles II, and gave birth to a son who afterwards was acknowledged by Charles as the Duke of Monmouth. The Castle was in ruins for over 200 years. It was restored in 1900 by the Viscount St David, and has been further restored since then, especially by the present American owner. The interior is small. The ancient tower is entered through a guardroom, from which a stairway in the thick wall leads up to the main or “court” room. A small chapel is housed in a jutting tower. The upper storeys contain small bedrooms. A new wing was added in 1902. The present furnishings were chosen to reflect the living conditions of the periods during which the castle was actively defended.
Nearby towns: Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven
Nearby villages: Abereiddy, Boulston, Brawdy, Broad Haven, Camrose, Croes-Goch, Freystrop, Haroldston West, Hasguard, Hayscastle, Hayscastle Cross, Johnston, Jordanston, Langwm, Letterston, Little Haven, Little Newcastle, Llandeloy, Llangwm, Llanreithan, Llanrian, Mathry, Middle Mill, Newgale, Nolton, Pelcomb, Penycwm, Porthgain, Rudbaxton, Saint Brides, Saint Dogwells, Solva, Spittal, Talbenny, Treffgarne, Trefin, Uzmaston, Walton West, Whitchurch
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