SP5006 : Oxford Castle

taken 2 months ago, near to Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

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Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle is a large, partly ruined Norman medieval castle on the western side of central Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. Most of the original moated, wooden motte and bailey castle was replaced in stone in the late 12th or early 13th century and the castle played an important role in the conflict of the Anarchy. In the 14th century the military value of the castle diminished and the site became used primarily for county administration and as a prison. The surviving, rectangular St George's Tower is now believed to pre-date the remainder of the castle and be a structure associated with the original Saxon west gate of the city.

Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century the remaining buildings had become Oxford's local prison. A new prison complex was built on the site from 1785 onwards and expanded in 1876; this became HM Prison Oxford.

The prison closed in 1996 and was redeveloped as a hotel. The medieval remains of the castle, including the motte and St George's Tower and crypt, are Grade I listed buildings and a Scheduled Monument.

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SP5006, 1220 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 5095 0614 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.0987N 1:15.7999W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 5097 0618
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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