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The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge
The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge
The Reach and the location of Bitterbridge

Bitterbridge, formerly known as Stonebridge, is the seat of House Caswell in the Reach.


Bitterbridge is situated where the river Mander meets the Roseroad. It takes its name from an ancient stone bridge that crosses the Mander. The castle is small, made of stone and timber. The keep is not that tall, but the land is low and flat and makes it seem taller.[1]


The ironborn of old would raid the Mander as far as Stonebridge in their longships.[2]

The Battle of Stonebridge was one of many battles during the Faith Militant uprising against King Maegor I Targaryen. The savagery of that particular battle made the Mander run red with blood for twenty leagues. The bridge and castle that commanded it was forever known as Bitterbridge thereafter.[3]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Hugh Hammer was named Lord of Bitterbridge by Prince Daemon Targaryen for his service in the Battle in the Gullet. Troops from Bitterbridge participated in the First Battle of Tumbleton and Hugh was killed at Second Tumbleton.[4] Prince Maelor Targaryen and Ser Rickard Thorne were killed by a mob at Bitterbridge. When Lord Ormund Hightower came to raze Bitterbridge in revenge, Lady Caswell hanged herself from the castle walls.[5]

Rolly fled Bitterbridge after attacking Lorent Caswell.[6]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Bitterbridge Host by Tomasz Jedruszek © Fantasy Flight Games

King Renly Baratheon's army is camped beneath the walls of Bitterbridge when Lady Catelyn Stark comes to meet with him. A great melee is hosted beneath the castle.[1] Renly takes his horse to Storm's End to deal with King Stannis Baratheon, leaving his foot behind at Bitterbridge with his bride, Margaery Tyrell.[7]

Following Renly's death, Lord Petyr Baelish hurries from King's Landing to Bitterbridge to meet with Ser Loras Tyrell,[8] continuing on to Highgarden to negotiate with Lord Mace Tyrell.[9] Lord Randyll Tarly returns to Bitterbridge, seizes Renly's stores, and puts many of the foot to death, especially those of House Florent. Lord Lorent Caswell shuts himself within the walls of his castle.[10] Riders from Bitterbridge inform Lord Tywin Lannister of the alliance between House Tyrell and House Baratheon of King's Landing.[11]

Chapters that take place in Bitterbridge