SP9908 : Motte and Bailey, Berkhamsted Castle

taken 9 years ago, near to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Motte and Bailey, Berkhamsted Castle
Motte and Bailey, Berkhamsted Castle
The motte is the mound where the keep originally stood, and now has the steps up the side for the visitors. The Bailey is the much larger walled - and part of a ruined tower in the wall surrounding the bailey can be seen nearer the camera.
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
Thursday, 8 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9958 0827 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.8560N 0:33.5065W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9934 0817
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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