Secrets of a Medieval Castle | Chepstow Castle

  Рет қаралды 1,712,558

thehistorysquad

thehistorysquad

Күн бұрын

Пікірлер: 4 751
mjrchapin
mjrchapin 4 ай бұрын
I have watched so many UK history documentaries, including ones about castles, but this is far away and the most entertaining, informative, and lively one. This gentleman's enthusiasm and knowledge is wonderful!
stainz
stainz Ай бұрын
everything this guy does is the best
Straya
Straya Ай бұрын
@Chris Clarke Opinions are like armpits.....we ALL have then, but some stink more than other's. He's made it very interesting for lots of us....its a pity you looked for something petty to say about this man who probably was the reason a lot of kid's had a love for such subjects. He's enthusiastic & shows other's who are just laymen on this topic, but I bet he holds his own just fine with expert's in this field of knowledge, would you?! Cheer up, dear.....its YT.
Ivan Smith
Ivan Smith Ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad No, Thank you!!!!
Chris Clarke
Chris Clarke Ай бұрын
Wrong. This is pretty bad. He's all over the place. No direction. "Come over here have a look at this" over and over.
Elijah Daves
Elijah Daves Ай бұрын
He really is the best. I got hooked on his channel from the Henry the 5th (I think) surgery video. It was incredible. His passion makes history come alive in a way normal documentaries can't manage. I think it's because humans have thousands of years of oral story telling tradition and he actually talks to you like you are there with him.
Abigail Ash
Abigail Ash 2 ай бұрын
I'd just like to say that I love your videos. I'm disabled and mainly bed bound. Through your videos you enable me to see incredible historical places and learn about our history. Without people making history accessible through videos, photos etc, I would be unable to see places like this castle. Thank you so much for making history accessible to everyone and creating a record of these historic sites for generations to come.
Abigail Ash
Abigail Ash 7 сағат бұрын
@A Partyhat You are bang out of order. That is discrimination. You shouldn't be asking anyone about their disability, people shouldn't have to say that they don't want to talk about it because you shouldn't be asking, especially strangers. You're absolutely out of order.
A Partyhat
A Partyhat 8 сағат бұрын
@Abigail Ash Also, just to clarify, asking anyone "What's wrong with you" is disrespectful. I never said it wasn't. But asking people how they got their injury is not rude at all. It's rude to continue to pester them after they say they don't want to talk about it. That's literally all you have to do. Say " I don't want to say". instead of making a huge f'n deal about it like you are. Now go take your psych meds and go to sleep, it's your bedtime. Your caretaker told me so.
A Partyhat
A Partyhat 8 сағат бұрын
​@Abigail Ash Stop talking like you're every single disabled person. You can only talk for yourself, NOT them! "You have zero respect for disabled people" I have the utmost respect for everyone, not just disabled people. But if you wanna act all high and mighty, that goes out the window. I couldn't give a shit less if you're disabled or not. Also, "trolling/hating on people with disabilities is illegal" is just plain wrong, what nimrod put that in your head? Lmao how did you get through life believing things like that? You must be mentally disabled, not physically. Kind of makes sense now. If you wanna throw insults, expect them right back. I was respectful but since you wanna disrespect me, I'll disrespect you.
Abigail Ash
Abigail Ash 8 сағат бұрын
@A Partyhat I'm disabled and like everyone else who is disabled I have been asked "What's wrong with you" dozens upon dozens of times because sadly that's how society views disabilities. You have zero idea of what disabled people have to endure from others. Unless you are disabled then you have zero entitlement to say how we should and shouldn't feel and what is and isn't disrespectful. You have zero respect for disabled people. Being offensive, discriminatory, disrespectful and hateful to people due to their disability is legally a hate crime? Even people in Pr¡son respect people with disabilities and get extremely angry when someone is disrespectful to a person with a disability. Go and learn about disabilities snd how people with disabilities are treated in society by individuals and businesses around the world. Trolling/hating on people with disabilities is the lowest of the low and is a cr¡me. It's not making uou look cool or tough, it's unacceptable, ¡llegal and immoral. There's a word for your behaviour and that is Ableism.
Cle216
Cle216 8 сағат бұрын
@andrew jacketf you’re literally the same as the dunce hat 😂😂
Tina
Tina 3 ай бұрын
I just discovered your channel and it's delightful. I'm unwell, and heartsick, today but this swept me away and I was able to have a brief vacation from life. Your passion for the castle is so obvious and makes your storytelling come alive. You're a born guide and storyteller.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 3 ай бұрын
How lovely, thanks Tina, I'm glad I was able to brighten your day. All the best 👍🏻
George Kelly
George Kelly Ай бұрын
I'm just a simple American living in the middle of the US. But I have always been fascinated by castles in general from all over the world. I used to imagine the battles and everyday life in these buildings when I was a kid.
Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan 7 күн бұрын
The castle of my home town is literally cut in half. The medieval pub next to it is still there though, British priorities innit lol. It was ripped apart for stone which was used in the medieval church extension and in the Victorian church as well as the city hall and some buildings I believe. The second closest castle to where I live has literally got a laser tag built into it on one side and a Five guys adjacent in the other. That one was bombed by the Germans during WW2, so it wasn’t totally our fault.
Mickleblade
Mickleblade 16 күн бұрын
There's a great saying, in England 100 miles is a long way, while in America 100yrs is a long time.
TruthHurts
TruthHurts 2 ай бұрын
Love the video. I've always been interested in castles and your knowledge has answered many questions I've had for years. I do however have a couple nitpicks. I think it's more likely, than filling the room with soil, that they built timber frames to hold up the arches during construction. It's always been done with wood frames. The Romans did it that way and we still do it that way today. Soil with that much weight on top would just shift, settle and compact causing the whole thing to be unstable. Trying to compact the soil could cause unfinished masonry to shift out of position. The bolt on the original door is worn and mushroomed from hitting and rubbing against the metal bracket at either end, not from people's thumbs touching it. When you pushed it to the end you can see the "thumb groove" fits the side of the metal bracket perfectly. I imagine not as many people were as gentle as you throughout the centuries. Most people would just grab it and slide it until it hits the bracket then they let go and it rubs the side as it falls.
DAVE PERSICH
DAVE PERSICH 4 ай бұрын
Apparently the doors are the oldest castle doors in Europe. They were originally thought to date from 1245, but using tree ring analysis, they have been dated to pre 1190, probably commissioned by William Marshal. They are among the earliest examples of Oak being sawn, rather than cleaved. The doors, clad in iron were never breached. The Parliamentary army found it easier to breach the castle walls during the civil war.
Larry Sorenson
Larry Sorenson 8 күн бұрын
@Sipje Dekat over the side
edi
edi 17 күн бұрын
I bet that these doors offer more resistance after 800 years than the steel door at my last work place... (I kicked it open, by accident. It was a fire door and I thought that it got stuck, but it was actually locked. I hurt my knee kicking it, but the door broke in two places)
Cali Coasting
Cali Coasting 29 күн бұрын
I am captivated by the original doors/gates...couple humans and some other stuff ,and Wham - 0...
John Hall
John Hall Ай бұрын
@Sipje Dekat There's an "apperture" overhanging the river.
Mark Chippendale
Mark Chippendale Ай бұрын
@Sipje Dekat to prevent anyone climbing up and penetrating the defences.
Michelle Visage OnlyFans
Michelle Visage OnlyFans 2 ай бұрын
As someone said below, they easily restore the interiors of houses of Pompeii by computer, why can't they do the same with medieval castles? This is of course great and I loved the tour of the today's ruin with all the amazing info very much. But it would be amazing to also be able to go on a virtual tour inside and see what it looked like 600 - 800 years ago, windows, doors, frescoes, paintings, tapestries, chests, furniture, fireplaces, furs and all! The historical knowledge and technology is there to restore it.
Constance Miller
Constance Miller Ай бұрын
@Adapter Crash just a virtual tour without the toilets and smoke. 😉
Adapter Crash
Adapter Crash Ай бұрын
Been done to other structures they use to them it's dirty
Yann Schonfeld
Yann Schonfeld Ай бұрын
I took my Breton students (from Bourbriac) to visit Cardiff Castle in 2014. What a disinterested bunch of blighters. This has to be my favourite castle too, Kevin. My earlier knowledge of castles went with Castle Tonkedeg or Coatfriec near Lannuon (Lannion) in Brittany knocked down a bit by Richelieu in the 17th century. Yes, castle building back then owed a lot to Roman ruins. Even if I don't get back to the part of Britain again, I feel like I've now been there. Now I know how to say "meutrière " in English: Murder hole. You are great and wonderful flowing fountain of knowledge. Merci Kevin.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Ah, mon plaisir 👍🏻
MichiganMoto
MichiganMoto 6 сағат бұрын
I’ve always dreamed of visiting a castle such as that and getting an in depth tour of the areas the average visitor wouldn’t have access to. I could literally spend an entire day marveling at the construction and recreating it in my mind what it must have looked like in its prime. Thanks for the virtual walkthrough. I imagine this is as close as I will ever get to being there.
Jon Oatley
Jon Oatley 3 ай бұрын
This was really special to me. i am 48 and have lived in Canada for the last 12 years, but i am originally from Bristol in England. My Mum took us to many interesting places, and Chepstow Castle was one we visited on numerous occasions. then in my adult life I carried on my visits. this is a place i will never get tired of and it is also one of my favourite castles. this video brought back many happy memories, thank you😊
Kathy Davidso Moore
Kathy Davidso Moore 20 күн бұрын
To protect from fire
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 3 ай бұрын
How lovely, thanks Jon 👍🏻
Thomas Martin
Thomas Martin 4 ай бұрын
I cannot convey how much I enjoyed this. I no longer have the physical ability or means to get to places like this and this was incredible, wonderful and you're a great guide!
Signheart
Signheart 2 ай бұрын
@Stephen Brooklyn ..What a great idea. I miss the national parks and hiking so much. I will definitely try this idea, thank you so much.
Stephen Brooklyn
Stephen Brooklyn 2 ай бұрын
@Signheart use virual reality you will feel like you are there
Stephen Brooklyn
Stephen Brooklyn 2 ай бұрын
Try using a pc with virtual reality it will be like you are there yourself
Anna Mosier
Anna Mosier 3 ай бұрын
me too
L D
L D 4 ай бұрын
@Gayla Kristine Feeney The body giving up, indeed. That is the thing. I will never regret the money and time we spent with our son from 14-18 traveling up to 3-6 weeks a year really spending time in several different countries over those years, Ireland, South Africa, Philippines, Spain and Portugal. He went on to Italy and Taiwan himself when we gave him the opportunity. We no longer can and love YT and this gent now taking me there.
jim ewok
jim ewok Ай бұрын
that was freaking AWESOME! with an interest in building and engineering, I've always wanted to know the kinds of details you've shown us. I still want to know more about the leaking ceiling though … what did our mason see that let him know it would leak?!!?
Deep G
Deep G Ай бұрын
Imagine walking through this castle with VR headsets on, and seeing it as it existed in its heyday through augmented reality. Painted walls with shields and ornaments, fires dancing in the fireplace, weapons stacked up in the guard room. I hope I live to see that day.
Tethys39
Tethys39 19 күн бұрын
That is a great idea! You see what it was like, and the very next moment you take off the gear and you see what it is now. Wow!
Reed C Bowman
Reed C Bowman 2 ай бұрын
A 3D model or three of different stages of the castle's construction and use would contribute mightily to the understanding of its structure, defenses, and use. I'd love to see a video that incorporated that. And maybe someday an AR experience for people visiting.
icanbreathenosmoke
icanbreathenosmoke 15 сағат бұрын
I find castles fascinating. As a kid living in the california desert we used to build foxholes(forts) and would come up with crafty little ways to prevent intruders even though we were the only people for miles. many of the things we made were very crude versions of what was implemented to a much higher and sophisticated way in these castles. In my heart i know i would have been one of the many people designing the defenses of these castles back in these times had i been of that era.
The Black Prince
The Black Prince 4 ай бұрын
Half an hour video of Kevin talking history. What a treat.
Yukeye Madjocks
Yukeye Madjocks 4 ай бұрын
Absolutely 👌🏼
loxxxton poxxxton
loxxxton poxxxton 4 ай бұрын
I chanced upon this channel and this is the first video I have seen. Half an hour of listening to a man with a genuine passion about his subject has me hooked. Excuse me while I now spend the next week binge watching the rest of the channels content which looks varied and interesting on first glance. Subscribed straight away!!
Cletus Spuckler Stable Jeanius
Cletus Spuckler Stable Jeanius 4 ай бұрын
It still don't beat licorice whips and jaw breakers as a treat.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
@Ryan Goodwin strange eh, but it's definitely a thing. I guess you'd need to look in a regular book for the info. The Chepstow Castle guide book for one, where it's referred to as a sallyport and another book that refers to it is called Chepstow Castle its History & Buildings. I hope that helps 👍🏻
Ryan Goodwin
Ryan Goodwin 4 ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad I can't find a single piece of text mentioning that secret postern gate you showed at the end. It seems that there is absolutely no information about it in all the internet.
Victoria Libby Valdez
Victoria Libby Valdez Ай бұрын
Love your history lesson. You make it so interesting and very enjoyable. Can only imagine what it must have looked like before the ruin of so much, it must have been beautiful back in the day. And how things would have worked when a functioning castle must have been awesome. Thanks for shareing.💜💜💜
HC Q
HC Q 3 ай бұрын
Wow! That was amazing! Thank you so much for that tour. I have never been to Great Britain, but would like to go some day. I have British ancestry (Welsh and Scotch-Irish from Ulster) and would love to visit these lovely castles some day.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 3 ай бұрын
I hope you make it, they're well worth the visit 👍🏻
Emma Wood
Emma Wood Ай бұрын
I live 5 mins from this beauty, it never fails to leave me in awe 😍 Magical, breathtaking, beautiful and so much history tucked neatly behind its walls. I feel so lucky living so close to this wonder 😁
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Couldn't agree more!
Meyoline
Meyoline Ай бұрын
I don't know what part of the algorithm recommended this video to me, but I am glad it did! Your enthusiasm and joy in the knowledge and history you share with us all is so wonderful. And those little tidbits you learn over the years that you mentioned you treasure, I absolutely treasure as well! Thank you so much for sharing your passion, knowledge, and observations with the world. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to Patreon and then to catch up on your other episodes! xD
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Wow, thank you so much.
RobbyBoogz
RobbyBoogz 4 ай бұрын
Kevin’s fast walk when he is explaining stuff is great 😂 you can tell how enthusiastic he is about this stuff and it is awesome to see.
nicola brailsford
nicola brailsford 2 ай бұрын
@cucu awe q
Pommie 🐻 Bears
Pommie 🐻 Bears 3 ай бұрын
I’m a little concerned about his rapid breathing tbh.
cucu awe
cucu awe 4 ай бұрын
So joyful and energetic, absolute great tour guide
Voter
Voter 2 ай бұрын
I’ve lived in Chepstow most of my life and visited this castle many many times, all those years and I learnt more in this 30 min video. I’ll visit there again with a whole new outlook…..thank you.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Haha, that's great, it's a super castle 👍🏻
SheWho
SheWho 2 ай бұрын
I’m sitting here saying “Oh! Wow!” Out loud to myself. This is my new favorite channel. All teachers should teach with the enthusiasm that this man has.
Constance Miller
Constance Miller Ай бұрын
Agreed. My Professor was a farm boy who grew up on a peach orchard. He would've asked the old boys "how's it built? Where's your toilets? How'd that work?" Practical issues that would be missed by scholarship unaccustomed to laboring and soldier's work.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
How very kind of you, thank you.
Les Borthwick
Les Borthwick Ай бұрын
By far and away the best UK history documentary I have watched, thanks for the tour Kevin
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Wow, thanks Les, that's very kind 👍🏻
Falk4J
Falk4J Ай бұрын
What's not to enjoy about this man explaining it all so detailed and lovingly. He has a gift of making it interesting for everyone. Usually you see a castle and think that's what it was built in the first place but then you learn you are looking at centuries of developments and repurposing of parts of the building. I really enjoyed your tour, sir! Keep it up for us peasants, will you. God bless you!
J.Michael Jefferson
J.Michael Jefferson Ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad You are of a man from the past and the knowledge is just pouring out to the people who are enjoying every moment of the history lesson with a smile.U R amazing Sir. I thank you
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Haha, thanks very much, I will do 👍🏻
Leo Atrox
Leo Atrox 4 ай бұрын
I reckon the iron on the outside of the door was to prevent it from being burned as easily. Backed by the mass of wood behind them, the iron would have been very resistant to battering and piercing. And, presuming it is fairly thin, the iron would also likely bend a bit but not splinter like wood, whose splintering would provide additional surface area for tools to more effectively gouge and chip away at the door in a siege.
David Kirk
David Kirk 6 күн бұрын
@thehistorysquad wow
Robert Jennett
Robert Jennett 2 ай бұрын
@David Tucker I think they are that Way so you could use your sword if fighting I read
Ms Bangtidy
Ms Bangtidy 4 ай бұрын
@T Elbon ENGLAND 🇬🇧 BORN N BRED 👍😊
T Elbon
T Elbon 4 ай бұрын
@Ms Bangtidy I'm glad you obviously have a good sense of humor! ( if you're British , "humour"). I'm assuming you reside in Great Britain- am I correct? Although I live in "the colonies", I am an unabashed Anglophone, and I hope someday to visit that castle and many others. I have Welsh, English and Scottish ancestry, and I hope to visit and trace my ancestors there. Cheers & best wishes!
Ms Bangtidy
Ms Bangtidy 4 ай бұрын
@T Elbon it's a nick name , too many Debra's in the world 👍🤣😊
ben llewellyn
ben llewellyn 2 ай бұрын
Lived in Chepstow my whole life visited dozens of times to the castle but still learned so much from this. Another fun fact the back door he showed is a common hang out spot for the local teens many evenings spent drinking a cider and looking over the river spent there
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Great stuff, thanks for watching Ben 👍🏻
AquaLeo69 OMM
AquaLeo69 OMM Ай бұрын
Would be great if there's a 3D presentation so people can imagine how it looks like back then. But this is a great video/presentation of how the castle looks like ages ago. Thank you very much.
CONCEPTUALMAN
CONCEPTUALMAN 2 ай бұрын
I appreciate his enthusiasm. Incredible that what was once a four story building is now just some walls. Must have been amazing at one time.
Brendan S
Brendan S 3 ай бұрын
Would love to actually go there or any other castle and have him give a guided tour. His enthusiasm for castles make me want to learn more from him.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Thanks Brendan, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour 👍🏻
Légus
Légus 4 ай бұрын
You can just tell our host, the one and only Kevin Hicks, is having a blast while showing us around his favorite castle while he gives us insight on many things we wouldn't even imagine. There's a point on the video that you say the knowledge and the stories you gathered about that place along the decades are treasures, and I couldn't agree more. Incredible video, blew my mind.
Deborah
Deborah 4 ай бұрын
@Skarry, Terran Ambassador to Star Pilot Alliance I so agree :) love history.
Jetplane 10
Jetplane 10 4 ай бұрын
Yes memories are treasures as is knowledge in old people especially?, as they have amased the most. Like the old man (that Kevin mentioned) that knew the ceiling put in, in that one room, would leak because of the way that they had done it. What a shame his know-how couldn't be captured before he passed. That was where apprentices really made a contribution that was never really appreciated eh. Good old days were good indeed.
Skarry, Terran Ambassador to Star Pilot Alliance
Skarry, Terran Ambassador to Star Pilot Alliance 4 ай бұрын
This is the first video I've seen from this channel. I love watching anyone who has this much passion for anything. Especially so when it's historic, interesting, and new to me. I appreciate the knowledge this man is sharing and the joy he still has for sharing it.
Fodder Fortynine
Fodder Fortynine 4 ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad Your love, knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for the castle is incandescent in within this video. Given the sorry state of the internet--just a few short decades after it was supposed to bring better understanding and a time of peace to the world--this video prompted me to think what a shame (a rare thought, indeed) that there wasn't an internet to record similar videos like these for your countless predecessors. So much of what was taken for granted by them is now lost to us. Thank you for taking the time to do this.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
Oh my goodness, that's very kind of you, (and insightful 😉). I love that place.
Chillin With Brody
Chillin With Brody 3 ай бұрын
As someone who's spent 20 years of my life laying Block, Brick, Stone, Glass Block and concrete. I've always been fascinated by castle's such as this. You don't know how much I appreciate this tour. Thanks for sharing.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 3 ай бұрын
You're most welcome 👍🏻
OsakaRose
OsakaRose 19 күн бұрын
Wow, I am subbing your channel. This was the most fascinating video tour I've had the pleasure of watching! You know so much about this castle and about history. I found myself feeling like I was on a tour with a professor! Loved all the camera work ; thanks Julie! I really enjoyed you sharing your knowledge with us, Mr. Hicks. Looking forward to many hours of great entertaining videos from you. 😃
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 18 күн бұрын
Thanks for your kind comment and for subbing to the channel, welcome! There's plenty to look back on and plenty more to come. I'll be back in the UK again next spring and hope to do some more castle tours then 👍🏻
ViralOutbreak89
ViralOutbreak89 3 ай бұрын
Excellent video! I've only just discovered your amazing channel and have immediately subscribed. I was wondering about the original gatehouse structure that no longer exists from the start of the video: It is clearly evident that it had existed due to the mentioned foundations; but I was wondering why none of the floorplans and drawings on the site linked in the description have that included (or I am reading the floorplan wrong)? The only additional structure in the floorplans and drawings is a regular "square" gatehouse and not a long rectangular one running along to the end tower which would have had the mentioned two 90° approaches to impede rams, carts, etc. It is clearly an important and evident part of the defenses the castle would have had - and it's not like similar defensive structures are unheard of or lacking in evidence.
Splat 31
Splat 31 3 ай бұрын
Love visiting castles with the kids. Always blows my mind the construction of them and imagining how it must have been to live in one.
Peter Larsen
Peter Larsen 4 ай бұрын
You mentioned that the original doors were inside the castle, and showed us the replicated ones were clad with iron. I would imagine there were two reasons... a) so a beseiger couldn't use a battering ram to get in, and b) to avoid the doors being set on fire to gain access.
Unsolved Homicide
Unsolved Homicide 3 ай бұрын
I imagine the iron was as much a status symbol as anything else. As other commenters have stated, the Parliemtary armies found it easier to breach the walls.
Richard Herbert
Richard Herbert 3 ай бұрын
@Tommy Not Cannons, Trebuchets in the 11th, 12th and 13th Centuries - 1327 being 14th Century.
Dan C
Dan C 4 ай бұрын
This kzpost.info/ex/mY6XzsWGtZFkdKc/bejne
charles brentner
charles brentner 4 ай бұрын
I would guess more for fire than against a battering ram. The entrance was in a narrow access after all.
Tommy
Tommy 4 ай бұрын
@Dr D you jest, I guess; but it was reshaping warfare. kzpost.info/ex/jrSLw6WjtHCleJ4/bejne
Aaron Vallejo
Aaron Vallejo Күн бұрын
Just fascinating! I remember in 1993 I visited the Flint Castle 🏰 ruins and walked the Roman walled city of Chester on the river Dee many times. The depth of history, battles, life, death, pain, misery, life and love is just astounding. This is one reason I love renovating old houses. Well done sir!
Jeanette Brunet
Jeanette Brunet Күн бұрын
Well, I had never been even close to a castle until August of 2015, landing in Edinburgh, Scotland on my 66th birthday. Although beautiful and very different from anything you would see in Louisiana, it made me realize that being a Princess living in one may not have been so comfortable. I enjoyed touring several castles while in Scotland. Loved every moment. But I am happy to be home in my 1800 sq foot ranch in southeast Louisiana, pooping and peeing in a flushing toilet, insulated walls with air conditioning and a heat pump. I am grateful for what I live in and have stopped wanting to be a princess living in a castle. 🤷‍♀
Unsolved Homicide
Unsolved Homicide 3 ай бұрын
Excellent. Castles are amazing really and its fascinating to imagine how they must have worked. I doubt they ever imagined that elderly men would be opening and shutting their castle doors and dilvulging the secrets of their defence on the internets.
MyleneH
MyleneH 3 ай бұрын
First time viewer. Love Kevin's excitement, knowledge and obvious love for this place. So informative and enjoyable. Also love the community here. I've learnt so much I hadn't ever heard about before. Would have learnt so much more at school having a teacher like Kevin. Thanks for all the great comments that filled in a few areas for me. Now going to go watch more of this channel. Love from Sydney Australia 🇦🇺 ❤️ 💕
MyleneH
MyleneH 3 ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad I'm in Western Sydney. 🥰
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 3 ай бұрын
Awesome! Thank you! My sister in law lives in the burbs of Sydney 😜
SSHitMan
SSHitMan 4 ай бұрын
@4:20 A lesser-known defensive feature of the medieval castle was the ticket booth charging exorbitant prices for entry, this kept all but the wealthiest of enemies from entering the first bailey.
Dio
Dio 4 ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad in fact i bet that to have a simple smithing shop in there would have been expensive in taxes
atomictraveller
atomictraveller 4 ай бұрын
4:20... exorbitant prices.. 4:20... ..exorbitant prices... what could it mean :)
Solid state resistor
Solid state resistor 4 ай бұрын
We were at the 3 tunns pub, just below the castle last week and came back the next day. When we found out it cost £16.60 for both of us to get in, we left.
Hooky Wooky With Malarkyman
Hooky Wooky With Malarkyman 4 ай бұрын
Probably due to paying staff to prevent folks chiping away at the place to take home ey !
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
🤣
Lithonion1
Lithonion1 Ай бұрын
Always loved this periods history. Been to many castles but never any in England. Main reason for iron on the outside was so it couldn't be easily burned for the attackers to get inside.
Christine Ingram
Christine Ingram 2 ай бұрын
Thank you for this amazing tour.I have seen it from a distance but never been in there. Your information was delivered with so much enthusiasm it’s clearly a subject close to your heart. The little secrets were so interesting,most people would never have known about them at all. I always loved History and it’s so great we have so much of it still standing in the U.K. ,and of course,now they are actually getting around to protecting and restoring some of these amazing places so they will last for many generations to com. Thank you once more I really enjoyed this 🥰
Doahnkea Tuber
Doahnkea Tuber Ай бұрын
This gentleman, Kevin Hicks, is a joy to watch as he present his favorite (and now, mine as well) castle, Chepstow. What a wonderful educator!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
That's really kind, thanks for watching 👍🏻
Steven Hargett
Steven Hargett Ай бұрын
Thank you for the tour! wouldn’t it be nice if someone could restore the entire castle using the materials and methods used to build it originally.
Mrcaffinebean
Mrcaffinebean 4 ай бұрын
Kevin was an excellent guide! Clearly an expert and I love how excited he is to share the things he’s learned over the years and I enjoyed learning it!
Ross
Ross Ай бұрын
This was great and I love your passion. Got chills when you pointed out the shields, but I suspect it is probably a lot less the thumbs are more the rubbing on the metal rings at each end that wore down the latch...
danivarius
danivarius Ай бұрын
Kevin, thank you. You’ve revived my interest in all things historical. Not only that, I lived in Hereford for a few years and used to visit Chepstow from time to time; I think that next year I shall revisit it! That plus used to love visiting Goodrich as well!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Yes, I'm planning a visit back to the UK next spring and hope to visit some more castles 👍🏻
Hópal Studios 🐎🎨 Julie Hattis
Hópal Studios 🐎🎨 Julie Hattis 3 ай бұрын
So breathtaking beautiful. I love the history and discovering the old Castles 🏰
Foop sheen
Foop sheen Ай бұрын
Absolutely fascinating! As a history buff I don't know that I've ever learned more about ancient construction techniques in a yootoob vid! I always wondered how the old stone masons supported those archway trusses. Filling the void up with soil and after construction was complete,removing the soil? Ingenious! I loved this vid!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks 👍🏻
Moraren
Moraren 4 ай бұрын
Filling the room with soil to hold up the stones during construction seems like such an obvious solution now that you mention it. Exactly the kind of problem I would have really over complicated! I seem to remember someone mentioning concrete hangars being made in a similar way at some point. With a long mound of gravel that was then dug out after the concrete had been poured on top. Really interesting video, with lots of neat little things pointed out that would otherwise be overlooked. Imagine all the people that has walked through those doors. With everyone of them having just as full of a life as ourselves, with friends and family, with good times and bad, with loss and with love. So much history in one place the mind boggles. Subscribed!
Jeff Reese
Jeff Reese 4 ай бұрын
Yeah , the method was also used in antiquity on the Parthenon , etc . , to raise massive columns . Filling the space with soil prevents having to lift massive weights....simple , yet ingenious !
Gahmuret
Gahmuret 4 ай бұрын
Yeah, I would want some serious archaeological evidence for the soil theory. Just thinking about how much the soil would compact under the weight of the stones makes me think that it wouldn't work. Timber framing would be much easier, much faster, and much sturdier, and we know it was widely used for this exact purpose.
Gahmuret
Gahmuret 4 ай бұрын
@flyingtwindragon Yes, but the Egyptians had very few trees. In Wales, scaffolding would have been far easier.
Dave Judd
Dave Judd 4 ай бұрын
The force on the walls with all that weight must have been amazing.
flyingtwindragon
flyingtwindragon 4 ай бұрын
In ancient Egypt this method was already used to put roofs on temples. It's the easiest solution for an otherwise huge problem. Simple, but most clever. It's easy to over complicate!
Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan 7 күн бұрын
The first time I visited Chepstow I also assumed those two circular holes were murder holes. But after playing KCD and seeing what the mechanism might have looked like I realised they weren’t. In the game though they war horse studios depicted the counterweights as metal balls not stone. I suppose they could have wooden boxes full of stone or metal holding stones together but like pure metal is more realistic. They couldn’t have just used stone blocks as it has poor tensile strength and the chain links would have for sure ripped off them. That’s my assumption though.
Norma Wingo
Norma Wingo Ай бұрын
What a wonderful tour, from an incredibly knowledgeable castle lover! Thank you.
TheFleetz
TheFleetz Ай бұрын
Amazing history review. Thank you for this wonderful walk through and the castle’s history!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Our pleasure!
Neil Schmid
Neil Schmid 8 күн бұрын
Loved and read about castles for years but this actually had information in it I hadn't heard before, very fun and informative, thank you.
Brice Robertson
Brice Robertson 4 ай бұрын
"These little bits of history I've learned over the years are a treasure." Sir, You are a treasure. Thanks for the history and stories!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
@Lee Hayden Wow, that's brilliant, I used to love sitting down for a cup of tea with some of the old masons, they were full of knowledge.
Lee Hayden
Lee Hayden 4 ай бұрын
@thehistorysquad Cyril Knapton was my grandfather & he was a stone mason & chief builder at Chepstow castle in the 70s-80s, When I was a child my grandparents had a cannonball as a door stop that my grandfather had retrieved from the walls of the castle.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
@Lee Hayden No, this was Martin. Andrew was another stonemason I had contact with, although I do recall the name Cyril.
Lee Hayden
Lee Hayden 4 ай бұрын
The old stone mason you talk about who worked at the castle saying that the roof would leak if they done it like that, Would that be Cyril Knapton by any chance ?
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
Cheers Brice 👍
gar beal
gar beal 2 ай бұрын
What a great storyteller this bloke is. Love his enthusiasm for this castle.
razorsharpbt
razorsharpbt Ай бұрын
This was an excellent tour and the history is absolutely fascinating. Thank you! Were the doors covered in iron to prevent them from being set afire?
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Yes, that's exactly why 👍🏻
Sammy Jo
Sammy Jo 2 ай бұрын
So amazing!! Can you imagine going back in time and wandering about inside? I'm so happy you made this video for future generations to watch.
Mike Dixon
Mike Dixon 3 ай бұрын
It’s amazing how cunning, clever and powerful the Normans were. I learnt recently that they were originally Vikings ☠️🗡🪓
Slytherin
Slytherin 4 ай бұрын
I would have loved school a whole lot more if I'd had a history teacher like you ☺️ Great video!
kfl611
kfl611 4 ай бұрын
Me too !
Ray Duke
Ray Duke 4 ай бұрын
Amen
scrappy doo
scrappy doo 4 ай бұрын
Definitely
Rafael Maravieski
Rafael Maravieski Ай бұрын
Primeira coisa que me vem à mente ao ver um professor ensinando com tanto AMOR, RESPEITO e RIQUEZA DE DETALHES: Vou aprender inglês com o objetivo de conhecer esse e outros lugares da Inglaterra.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Muito obrigado!
Westcountry Pasty Galloper
Westcountry Pasty Galloper Ай бұрын
Excellent presentation. Chepstow has been my favourite castle since I was young. Many of my ancestors came from Monmouth and the nearby Forest of Dean.
Mary Kilgarriff
Mary Kilgarriff Ай бұрын
You are a wonderful historian and I'm sure you were a teacher par excellence. I'm a retired history teacher from Ireland 🇮🇪. I'd loved to have been able to show my students your video. Well done and best wishes from Ireland 🇮🇪
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Thanks Mary, I appreciate that 👍🏻
K L E
K L E Ай бұрын
I haven't seen this guy's other videos, just this one via youtube's algorithm, but i just love how excited he seems about all of it. It is so wholesome to see people really loving the history and glad to be a part of it
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Thanks!! I hope you get to take a look at some of the other videos too. 👍🏻
Brad Barrett
Brad Barrett 8 күн бұрын
I assumed they were shod in iron partially to prevent invaders from sitting fire to the doors and partially for strength. I do a lot of work on houses and boats and it's interesting that a lot of people say iron corrodes the wood and promotes rot, but those doors seem to have been situated just right not to.
Coffee Pot
Coffee Pot Ай бұрын
Kevin Hicks is really good at explaining and sharing the story of this magnificent castle. Completely breathtaking the scope and architecture, being able to see the clues on how it looked originally, makes you wish you were a fly on the wall to see it full of people hundreds of years ago.
Jelena Misic
Jelena Misic Ай бұрын
Love the video and the narration. I've studied English literature and with it history, but there is always something new about the UK to learn and discover, particularly in the stories about the castles and their inhabitants. As for the iron on the door - fire, breach protection, rain doesn't damage the wood so the door endure longer.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Thanks!
J.Michael Jefferson
J.Michael Jefferson Ай бұрын
So darn interesting and educational you have the impression that you are taking the tour in person and it is a wonderful time for me to learn more history
CrossContaminated
CrossContaminated 4 ай бұрын
I couldn’t imagine what this castle looked like in its day. When the gentleman said the walls were finished and painted I was amazed because you couldn’t tell this by looking at it. I’d live in it with the rough condition. Cheers to the gentleman who led our tour and narrated the show. Great job.
Maija From Detroit
Maija From Detroit Ай бұрын
I can totally envision that castle restored to old fashioned beauty
Madridista4ever
Madridista4ever Ай бұрын
@promontorium You could make augmented reality models of what a castle room would look finished. Without actually building it. Perhaps a volunteer group can build it as a project.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
@promontorium In the description, there's a link to some artists impressions of Chepstow you might like to take a look at 👍🏻
MissGroves Crafting in Pajamas
MissGroves Crafting in Pajamas Ай бұрын
@promontorium I get ya! One of the rooms I cleaned up in the castle was the caretakers bedroom at one point, I remember the damp and the silverfish and the noise of the wind whistling down the tiny chimney and at the panes. If it was all secured, it would have been a cosy room, but I remember it as damp and bleak and I spent 3 days on my knees scrubbing drying and waxing the floor one year XD I have to say that the experience was memorable even if odd
promontorium
promontorium Ай бұрын
@MissGroves Crafting in Pajamas Oh every time I hear about live in caretakers I get jealous. When I was a kid I thought the idea of living where I worked was terrible, but there's so many cool places I'd love to live that it would hardly be work. There used to be a live in caretaker (and his family) in a house at the Japanese tea garden in Golden Gate Park (until WW2 when they interred the family and tore down the house in rage against Japan). The US federal government has a lot of Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service type assignments where you get to live at some historic site or park and all you have to do for a paycheck and free housing is give tours and sweep up.
dinosawrusgoRAWR
dinosawrusgoRAWR 2 ай бұрын
Great video, thank you! I’m local and can see the castle from my house. Very lucky to have this piece of history on my doorstep! It’s amazing during the summer hearing the cheers of the people who go to the rock concerts and had many a wonderful night there! I remember being taken for a tour of the castle when I was in year 7 of the Comp (back in September 2005) and you were our tour guide dressed as a medieval archer! Very wonderful experience and you still give the same enthusiasm as you did back then, and it is a great memory to behold. Awesome job thank you! And thank you for keeping our history alive, a true historian 😊
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Haha, you're the first to have mentioned you'd been on a tour with me with your class, I'm glad you hold happy memories of it. Thanks for watching 👍🏻
Hangin-in-there Awesome
Hangin-in-there Awesome 2 ай бұрын
Very interesting! Amazing how long these old castles have held up and left history for us!
Blake Christo
Blake Christo 2 ай бұрын
The contact and cultural exchange with the eastern Roman Empire during the crusades is what really kicked off impressive castle constructions in western Europe. The calibre of fortresses they saw in Asia Minor and even the Theodosian Walls of Constantinople itself really left an impression on them, and before long the Norman's and Franks were engaging Greek architects and engineers.
Roger Surf
Roger Surf Ай бұрын
Chepstow Castle! What a great rendition of all of everything! and I am sure there is far more to learn! A great chance to go back to 1067! and what has happened until the current day! Great stuff Kevin!
Thwarp Tide
Thwarp Tide 4 ай бұрын
It takes a great orator to keep me interested in castles and yet I was glued for the last 30 minutes here. Utterly fascinating! Being a carpenter, I was naturally impressed with all the woodwork. “We think we’re clever?” No, men weren’t exactly stupid back then. They made due with the technology of their days; and they did so brilliantly! Thank you Mr Kevin for a fascinating tour! 👍🇺🇸
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
@DL Scorp the speech police 😜
DL Scorp
DL Scorp 4 ай бұрын
*made do, not made due
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
Glad you enjoyed it!
Risa Langdon
Risa Langdon 2 ай бұрын
Just gotta love old castles and fortresses. Along with the ingenuity it took to build them. This is just awesome!
Infinite Adam
Infinite Adam 2 ай бұрын
Amazing video, I can't wait to see more, I loved everything about it, I feel great to have taken the 30 minutes to watch, I would love to build my own home one day, which would be my castle. Great ideas for the build...
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Thank you so much! I hope you achieve your dream.
Darlene DuBois
Darlene DuBois 4 ай бұрын
I stumbled upon this treasure video! I love looking at the castles, especially the ones in Wales. Thanks for a very entertaining and informative video tour!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 4 ай бұрын
My pleasure 👍
MONROE
MONROE 17 күн бұрын
Your explanation and detail are awesome, thank you very much! I met my wife in England and during my many visits to the midlands we would tour places like Kenilworth. I could stand there staring at the ruins, sometimes for an hour, just trying to figure out the bloody place was put together...
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 16 күн бұрын
Haha, I know Kenilworth well. I might cover it on my next trip back there 👍🏻
Intim31976
Intim31976 2 ай бұрын
I assume the castle doors are clad in iron for the same reason that earlier castles made of wood with wood walls were rebuilt with stone, busting through the wooden doors or walls may be nearly impossible however burning through is quite easy and can be done fairly quickly. In the new world the first attempts of building European settlements failed because the wooden palisades surrounding the settlements proved ineffective against fire. Also natives could easily surround a settlement trapping early European settlers inside effectively cutting them off from food and water sources. It was the invention of gun powder and cannons which lead to the end of the castle era, sadly the vast majority of European castles have been lost to history.
Thomas Russell
Thomas Russell Ай бұрын
Really quite thorough and knowledgeable. Thanks for the tour and tid-bits that really anyone else may have overlooked.
Scrimjaw
Scrimjaw Ай бұрын
Now on my list of places to visit. So awe inspiring to imagine it in its heyday, makes me wish I could have been there!
LA_Old_Salt
LA_Old_Salt Ай бұрын
Magnificent tour Kevin! I could have watched for hours. Thanks for the presentation. God bless, Rob
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
You're welcome!
Roland Röpnack
Roland Röpnack 4 ай бұрын
That was a wonderful tour, waking interest, packed with information and giving life to old stones. Your joy of teaching was overwhelming. Pupils need people like you, sparking their imagination and igniting their thirst for getting to know the world. Thank you sir!
Daud 1976
Daud 1976 Ай бұрын
Fantastic documentary and well presented. When I was in the UK in June this year, I paid a visit to the beautiful Hatfield House and was lucky to be shown a few of her secrets by one of the guides too.
SassyGalBeauty
SassyGalBeauty 2 ай бұрын
The act of building these amazing structures is just absolutely amazing!
hipflask
hipflask 2 ай бұрын
That detail about the arches built by filling in the room with soil is amazing
alpha
alpha Ай бұрын
The doors had iron for 1) withstanding brute kinetic force against it, and 2) if they burned the door, it would still have an iron frame standing. 3) when wood is reinforced with iron, it cannot bend out of shape from moisture (rain, fog), so that it would still close.
Rex Haus
Rex Haus 4 ай бұрын
The bit about how they built the archways was incredible. So simple and yet so brilliant. Thank you for this.
Barbara Kessinger
Barbara Kessinger Ай бұрын
Thank you, Kevin. I lived in Chester when I was 14 and fell in love with the UK then. My heritage includes Wales and I wish I had been old enough to appreciate where I was then back in 1966.
Miguel Branco
Miguel Branco 2 ай бұрын
This was an amazing castle presentation! I'm from the long historical country of Portugal and I love history! I always wonder what would like the castles in England look like....thank you Sir for your work! I'm sure you already came to Portugal and saw our magnificent castles that are all around Portugal! I live near by one of the oldest ones we have. pt.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castelo_de_Paderne Keep on the good work! Cheers!
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
Glad you enjoyed it! I visited Castel St Jorge in Lisbon some years ago, it was amazing to visit and had superb views. 👍🏻
Jellybean Dakota
Jellybean Dakota 2 ай бұрын
Your tour with all the pictures and descriptions is amazing. Thank Julie for all her great filming too. It is not possible to travel to your part of the world. They built things different. The age of this castle is staggering. Hard to relate to. Thank you so much for sharing your tour. Amazing. The iron clad doors would not be touched by torch or axe. Period. Amazing.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad 2 ай бұрын
You are so welcome! You know Jellybean, we're in South Dakota as I write, visiting Deadwood & today touring the Black Hills 😉
Stephen Crumb
Stephen Crumb Ай бұрын
My wife and I toured Chepstow Castle back in the mid 1980's while we were stationed in England with the American military (US Navy and US Air Force respectively). Chepstow was probably our favorite of all the castles we visited.
The Histoadian
The Histoadian 4 ай бұрын
Never really thought much about castle doors before, they look incredible!
🇬🇧Aubrey Heartburn
🇬🇧Aubrey Heartburn Ай бұрын
What a fabulous castle, one of the few I've not yet visited. I loved your tour and narration, it was very informative and relaxing, I was right there with you x
hattrick11
hattrick11 Ай бұрын
New subscriber here, loved this video. I grew up in Germany and have seen quite a few castles, but after watching this video, it made me realize as kid, how much I probably missed. The details you pointed out, like that there were 3 or 4 floors above certain places was great. Great, job, can wait to check out the rest of the videos.
thehistorysquad
thehistorysquad Ай бұрын
Hey, thanks for the sub & welcome to the channel. Where in Germany?
Saint Ratus
Saint Ratus 21 күн бұрын
It would be great to see a digital reconstruction of what the castle would originally have looked like with all its stonework. I'm pretty sure it'd be a fun setting for some kind of medieval 'capture the flag' game.
Oliver Clothesoff
Oliver Clothesoff 3 күн бұрын
What a great story teller! Amazing castle 🏰!
Irate Puffin
Irate Puffin 4 ай бұрын
If this guy had been my history teacher I would’ve actually learned a lot.
ASMR Hawaii
ASMR Hawaii Ай бұрын
What an amazing tour and so much great information! Thank you!
The Buried Secrets Of Upton Castle | Time Team | Timeline
46:51
Timeline - World History Documentaries
Рет қаралды 666 М.
This Truck Caused The Whole Town To Shut Down | Ambulance Conversion Life
20:46
Көзмоншағым (Remix)
2:50
Жандос Қаржаубай - Topic
Рет қаралды 94 М.
Непосредственно Каха: мойка
0:53
К-Media
Рет қаралды 15 МЛН
Secret Life of a Husband
0:29
Matt Slays
Рет қаралды 36 МЛН
Hand making a medieval style arrow, now, and in the middle ages
22:24
thehistorysquad
Рет қаралды 181 М.
Restoration Home: Scottish Castle (Before and After) | History Documentary | Reel Truth History
58:46
Anne Askew | Stretched on the rack until her tendons snapped
11:43
thehistorysquad
Рет қаралды 472 М.
The Roman Invasion of Britain 43AD | Special Forces & Elephants
16:10
thehistorysquad
Рет қаралды 28 М.
The Story of Castle Rushen: One of Europe's best-preserved Medieval Castles
35:24
Friends build real castle from scratch with simple tools only
29:41
Kirsten Dirksen
Рет қаралды 1,3 МЛН
What did a WW1 Soldier carry in his pack?
13:23
thehistorysquad
Рет қаралды 109 М.
Көзмоншағым (Remix)
2:50
Жандос Қаржаубай - Topic
Рет қаралды 94 М.