Caldicot Castle & Country Park, Caldicot (Monmouthshire county)
A 1940's military weekend at the legendary Caldicot Castle featuring military vehicles and living history displays. A good opportunity to enjoy and live a WW2 experience in a family-friendly and enchanting setting of a Welsh castle set in a beautiful scenery of gentle gardens and a wooded country park…
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Caldicot is a small town located in Monmouthshire county, between Chepstow and Newport, in south-eastern Wales, at about 50 km from Cardiff (Wales) and 30 km from Bristol (England). Caldicot has always played a strategic role as a transport hub, once along the Roman road from Gloucester to Caerleon, and today at the crossroad of several motor and railways. Caldicot heritage includes some fine Tudor-era buildings, and its very landmark: the medieval Caldicot Castle with its well-preserved fortifications and lake.
The surroundings boast waymarked footpaths along the so-called Caldicot and Wentloog Levels, two areas of low-lying estuarine alluvial wetland and intertidal mudflats, as well as the nearby town of Caerwent, founded by the Romans as the market town of Venta Silurum and featuring still today some of the best-preserved Roman remains in Europe, and, last but not least, the Wentwood Rerservoir, the largest ancient woodland in Wales with bronze age burial mounds, a stone circle, and also a Megalithic alignment. The territory, inhabited already during the Neolithic Age as witnessed by the finding of a Neolithic long barrow overlooking the river Severn at Heston Brake, developed in the Bronze Age and in Roman times, in the early centuries AD, when Caldicot stood on the Via Julia roadway leading to Caerwent just to the north, and a coarse pottery industry flourished. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area became 'border country' disputed between the Saxons and the Welsh, and later on also the Normans recognized the strategic value of the site, which allowed to control this area of southern Wales and also the sea traffic: the Caldicot Castle was founded as a motte with two baileys and a deep surrounding ditch.
The first historical record of Caldicot can be found in the Domesday Book, a manuscript containing records for over 13,000 settlements in England and Wales that was completed in AD 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror. In 1158, the manor of Caldicot passed to Humphrey de Bohun III (1144?-1181), an Anglo-Norman nobleman and general, Earl of Hereford, who added the stone keep and curtain walls of the present-day Castle. The de Bohun family held the manor and castle of Caldicot for over two centuries until 1373, when it became the property of the Crown and fully developed as a stronghold. In early modern times Caldicot Castle fell gradually into ruin and became little more than a farmyard. The castle changed hands several times until in 1885 it was finally sold to Joseph Richard Cobb (1821-1897), a lawyer, a railways promoter and an antiquary, who began the restoration of the castle as his family home. Today the Caldicot Castle is set in a beautiful scenery of gentle gardens and fifty-five acres of a beautiful wooded country park. The visitors can discover its romantic and colourful history through various tours and events held in the castle throughout the year.
Event description and programme
Wartime Wheels returns for its second year at Caldicot Castle organised and run by the Military Vehicle Trust (South East Wales branch), that invites adults and children for a bank holiday weekend of wheeled and tracked classic military vehicles, and living history displays in a beautiful setting. Free entry and some exceptional exhibits brought in tremendous crowds in 2017, with a castle packed full of World War Two era machines and beyond, equipment and re-enactors. With larger and heavier vehicles sprawling out in to the grounds. British, American and German World War Two military exhibits will include motorcycles, jeeps, trucks and tracked armoured vehicles. With vintage military vehicles and displays stretching from Vietnam to the 1980’s.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wartimewheels/
Address: Church Road, Caldicot, Monmouthshire - NP26 4HU, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 1291 420241 | Fax: +44 1291 435094
Caldicot Town Council
Tel.: +44 1291 420441
Caldicot Community Website
Monmouthshire Visitor Information
Image: © Caldicot Castle
Text sources: Wartime Wheels, Caldicot Castle, Wikipedia, Caldicot Community, Castles of Britain portal, Caldicot Town Council, Monmouthshire Tourism Office
Caldicot and its castle on Google Maps:
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Images of a WW2 battle reenactment from the Fortress Wales 2014 multi-period event:
Exploring Caldicot, its Castle and the Monmouthshire: