SP9908 : The Inner Ward from the Motte

taken 6 years ago, near to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

The Inner Ward from the Motte
The Inner Ward from the Motte
The West Tower (which was in the Outer Ward) is to the let on the curtain wall, while the semicircular tower is to the right, behind the well.
The Derne Gate was approximately where the lifebelt is, and the standing wall in the foreground is the site of a building covering the approach to the Motte.
For view in the opposite direction see SP9908 : The Motte looking across the Inner Ward
Berkhamsted Castle
Berkhamsted can trace its origins to Saxon times when there was an important fort here guarding one of the principal routes through the Chilterns. It was to Berkhamsted that William, Duke of Normandy came in 1066 after defeating Harold at Hastings and where he was offered the English Crown by Archbishop Ealdred and various noblemen before proceeding to London. William granted the Manor and Honour of Berkhamsted to his half-brother, Robert, Count of Mortain who built a typical Norman motte and bailey castle including an earthen mound surrounded by a defensive enclosure. The earliest stone buildings appeared in the mid-12th century when the castle was rebuilt. The most notable event in the castle's history occurred in 1216 when it was besieged by Prince Louis of France. Castles of this type fell out of favour at the end of the 15th century and Berkhamsted was abandoned in 1495. Although much of the stone was plundered in subsequent centuries, the ruin has always been a significant feature of the town and is now in the care of English Heritage. For more information seeLinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9951 0826 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.8513N 0:33.5675W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9958 0827
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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