Berkhamsted Castle :: Shared Description

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
by Stephen McKay
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SP9908 : The Ditch between Motte and Bailey by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Looking towards the North West Corner of the Moat at Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Motte and Bailey, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The West Tower Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Well on top of the Motte, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Foundations of later buildings adjoining the West Tower by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Mole Hills at Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Curtain Wall, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Berkhamsted Castle by Stephen McKay
SP9908 : Berkhamsted Castle by N Chadwick
SP9908 : The Motte looking across the Inner Ward by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Inner Ward from the Motte by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Site of the South East Tower, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Berkhamsted Castle by N Chadwick
SP9908 : The Motte from the West Tower, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Lodge, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Inner Moat from the site of the Derne Gate by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Inner Moat (East) looking towards the Motte by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : A dried out reed bed in the West Moat, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Outer Moat, Berkhamsted by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Kitchen Area looking South by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Outer Ward from the Motte by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Bone Dry Moat by the Entrance Drive by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : Chimney on the Caretaker's Lodge, Berkhamsted Castle by Chris Reynolds
SP9908 : The Lodge, Berkhamsted Castle by Stephen McKay

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Created: Sun, 21 Feb 2010, Updated: Mon, 12 Mar 2012

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