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posted 08-05-2002 07:00 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi everyone
I've been ask about Breverton Castle and Munro Castle but i can't find any castles of that name? I know the names but i don't know why, Munro is Scottish but Breverton?
Thanks fo helping Chris

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posted 08-05-2002 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
I've not heard of either as castles, and a search on CANMORE throws no further light on the matter.

However, the Munro Clan did (do) own Foulis Castle in the Highlands (see http://www.tartans.com/clans/Munro/foulis.html ), but Breverton beats me.

posted 08-05-2002 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Breverton rings a bell, think I have a postcard of it somewhere. Will try & find it and scan the thing. But from what I recall it looked like a jumble of buildings. Perhaps a manor house at the centre.
Ah, No !
Found it and it says ' Beverston' .. that the one ?
Nothing to say where it is .. but very old and published by Clarke of Tetbury.

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posted 08-06-2002 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
There is a Beverstone Castle (OS map ref ST 862940) in Gloucestershire (between Tetbury and Dursley on the A435 road), and if this is the place you mean, then I can provide details (or Peter probably can too).

posted 08-06-2002 06:05 AM           Edit/Delete Message
The Munro's held the following, at one time or another:
Allan, Ardross, Auchenbowie House, Contullich, Delny, Docharty, Foulis, Fryish House, Little Tarrel, Loch Slin, Meikle Daan, Newmore, Novar, Pitcailnie, Poyntzfield, and Tarbat House. Many of these are long gone now, and sites only. No Munro Castle though.

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posted 08-06-2002 06:20 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Thanks everybody for your help i think we have gone as far as we can, Breverton must be Beverstone amd Munro could be one of many the clan held.

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posted 08-06-2002 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Ok - here's some data on Beverstone Castle.

"On the A435 between Tetbury and Dursbury, Beverstone belonged to the Berkeley manor in the time of Domesday. During the reign of Henry I it passed to Robert FitzHarding, and his son Maurice fortified the manor without permission from Henry III. The castle commanded the main road to Cirencester and was built in a square with corner towers and a moat. It was altered in Elizabethan times, the banqueting hall being converted into a farmhouse. Garrisoned for the King during the Civil War, it was captured at the second attempt by General Massey in 1644. The ruins of the west front remain with a dungeon and a fine 14th century chapel."

From “Discovering Castles in England & Wales” by John Kinross.

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posted 08-07-2002 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
More on Beverstone (or Beverston) Castle.

In 1229 Henry III granted a licence for a castle which Maurice de Gaunt had recently erected. The full original shape of the court is not known, but the present house on the south side containing mullion and transom windows of circa 1700 stands on the site of a hall which seems to have had arcades sides, and private chambers were contained in a three storey block on the west side of the court. The lowest level of this range, which is 7.5m wide externally, contains two room, each rib-vaulted in two bays. Above were two levels of rooms 14m long by not much more than 4m wide, both with 16th century fireplaces. Projecting from the south-west and north-west corners of this block were round towers.
The gatehouse probably dates from the end of the 13th century, although its plan form of two D-shaped towers 7m in diameter containing guardrooms with their straight sides backing onto a passage closed by a portcullis at the inner end, resembles gatehouses of Henry III’s reign at Tamworth and Dover. There was just a single large room above. This gatehouse begs the question of what form of gatehouse was originally provided in the 1220s. Was it, for instance, no more than a barbican gateway in front of an older inner gateway, in which case the original castle would have been about 28m square externally.
Between 1330 and 1361 the castle was remodelled by Thomas, Lord Berkeley. The southern of the two round towers was shaved off to become part of a projection connecting the private chambers with a new south-west corner tower 10.5m by 9m. The lowest level has a rib vault. The chapel above is a remarkable room with a square nave covered by a tierceron vault with bosses, and a small chancel with its own rib vault, a three-light east window, a corner piscina and a pair of sedilia with crocketted ogival arches. Passages linked this chapel to the west end of the hall and the old solar beyond. Above was the lord’s chamber, this room and another further north both having squints in towards a tiny second chapel squeezed in between them. This chapel or oratory also has a piscina and the remains of a circular window looking out over the hall roof.
The spiral stair in a turret on the north-east corner of the tower is 16th century. In the 15th century the north-west round tower was replaced by a rectangular tower 7.5m by 6.5m set diagonally. Above a basement with a single loop, it contains two bedrooms, now both derelict, with latrines in the south corner. A spiral stair linked these rooms, and the upper one had direct access from a spiral stair in a polygonal turret of the same period, provided at the north-east corner of the chamber block. Another stair turret lies at the south-east corner of the block, adjacent to the hall.
The Berkeley family sold the castle in 1597, and in 1612 it went to Sir Michael Hicks, who probably built the present south range. The castle was captured by Parliamentary forces after two sieges in 1644 and was probably then partly dismantled. It was re-roofed after a fire in 1691. As seen from the east, where there are two old barns, one of them 14th century, the castle looks quite at home in the Cotswolds, but he west aspect, with two rectangular towers, one diagonally set, rising out of a dry ditch, reminds one of castles in the north of England.

From “The Castles of Gloucestershire & Bristol” by Mike Salter

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