Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

St. Briavels Castle (St. Briavels)

St. Briavels Castle is a small castle at the little Gloucestershire village of St. Briavels in the Forest of Dean.

It was built in the 12th century for Milo Fitzwalter, and was the administrative headquarters of the forest in the Norman period. Most of the present structure dates from the reign of Edward I.

King John was in the habit of using St. Briavels Castle on his hunting expeditions in the forest.

The keep fell down in the 18th century, and what remains is the massive gatehouse with twin drums, the kitchen, and the chapel which, having been used as a courthouse for a while, was later converted back into a chapel.

The castle is now used as a Youth Hostel.

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