Although called Old Beaupre Castle the structure is seen as a fortified manor house. The original house was an L-shaped building, now located within the inner courtyard, built circa 1300 and from this period until the 18th century it was owned by the Basset family. During the 16th century intensive remodelling was undertaken, started by Sir Rice Mansel, continued by William Basset and completed by William's son, Richard. This additional work added the impressive outer gatehouse, completed in 1586 and a three-storeyed Renaissance porch, completed 1600, along with the buildings around the middle court. The buildings on the west side of the middle court, now roofless, provided luxurious living accommodation with large windows, handsome fireplaces, a fine stone stairway, and numerous privies connected to a drain along which water still flows.

After the 16th century alterations little work was carried out on Beaupre, and after the English Civil War the Basset family fortunes went into decline. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Basset inheritance eventually passed to the Jones family. The Jones family decided not to settle in Beaupre Castle and chose to use the smaller and more convenient mansion of New Beaupre. Beaupre was sold in 1709, and by that time it was in a state of disrepair with only part of it still habitable. Nevertheless, there is some evidence that it continued to be at least partly occupied as various fireplaces and windows were blocked up, presumably to reduce the taxes payable. The southeastern block continues to be occupied up to the present time as a farmhouse and has a separate listing on the historic buildings register.

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Founded: c. 1300
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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terry bailey (7 months ago)
Great hidden gem
Stuart (8 months ago)
Sadly closed so could only look around the outside by a scenic building in a scenic location beside the babbling brook (perhaps river is more apt but bubbling nonetheless). Sadly many of these types of locations are still locked, it was half term, my daughter and I met but one family who were similarly disappointed at not being able to access. Given we are once again packed into corporate buildings, it seems odd that the space, fresh air and learning value these sites afford are still denied to our youngsters. What is a ruin without people with genuine interests in its understanding and it's past (and thus hopefully an ignition of a passion for their upkeep). I would be interested to know the justification for keeping so many of of our CADW and general historical sites closed despite the lifting of restrictions elsewhere. Perhaps most annoying Google Maps (which is only as good as the info provided by its contributors had this listed as being open, thus a wasted journey were it not for the plethora of other closed sites in the area viewable from the outside).
Sandy Pennington (8 months ago)
Not easy to find the entrance to to the site, sat Nov will take you to a farm with a warning sign of no entry to the castle, then when you can locate the sign and style its hidden by overgrown hedges. The access is over farmland, three fields. Castle is currently closed, so only able to view outside area
Charlotte Cosgrove (8 months ago)
Went on an adventure to unfamiliar grounds. Ended up walking through cows fields, which was fine, however the herd started coming towards us and the gate was locked I had a 2 year old and a 6 year old with me and I cannot remember if they can be dangerous or not. So we had to turn back. ☹️ however, we may go back with my husband next time so that he can help me throw the kids over the gate when the bulls are approaching. ?
Khat Mhrudali (13 months ago)
Site closed due to covid "controller virus"
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