SP9908 : Berkhamsted Castle motte

taken 17 days ago, near to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Berkhamsted Castle motte
Berkhamsted Castle motte
The motte at the northeastern end of Berkhamsted Castle which would originally have had the castle's keep on top. The motte is about 13m (40') from base to top.
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
Scheduled Monuments
In the United Kingdom, a scheduled monument is a 'nationally important' archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorised change.
There are about 20,000 scheduled monuments in England representing about 37,000 heritage assets. Of the tens of thousands of scheduled monuments in the UK, most are inconspicuous archaeological sites, but some are large ruins.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 March, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Place (from Tags)
Castle (from Tags)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 995 082 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.8560N 0:33.5065W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 995 082
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Castle  Castle Ruins  Snow 

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