SP9908 : Double moat of Berkhamsted Castle

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

Double moat of Berkhamsted Castle
Double moat of Berkhamsted Castle
Berkhamsted Castle is unusual in having a double moat. The northern section of these moats is seen here as viewed from the top of the motte. There is rarely much if any water in the inner moat, but the outer one is usually waterlogged to a greater or lesser degree, though when this photo was taken, any water in there was probably frozen.
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
Saturday, 3 March, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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Castle (from Tags)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9954 0830 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.8726N 0:33.5407W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9959 0827
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Castle Ruins  Snow  Castle 

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