Briavels, located where the Wye Valley meets the Forest of Dean,
at National Grid Reference SO 558 046 is a short (approximately
16 miles) drive from Ross. Its main features are its castle and
the church of St Mary the Virgin. Now a Youth Hostel, the oldest
surviving part of St. Briavels Castle was built for King John between
the years of 1209 to 1211. In 1292/3, Edward 1st rebuilt the gatehouse
to help protect the building from Welsh attack.
top six of the photographs below were taken in June 2002 and of
the bottom two, the one of the castle to the left was taken in 1973
and the gatehouse to the right in 2001. If seen full size, the 1973
photograph, scanned from an old Kodak Pocket Instamatic negative
taken during a visit during my youth when I stayed in the castle,
has a sign post which shows Ross as being six and a half miles distant.
This is wrong, unless the village of St. Briavels has been moved
at some point in time.