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Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. Another historic site I used to manage.

Berkhamsted Castle is an impressive ruin of substantial remains dating from the 11th - 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and a triple moat construction. A palace complex was added in the 13th century and a lovely little cottage was built in the middle of the site in the Edwardian period.

William the Conqueror received the submission of the English nobles at Berkhamsted Castle after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Around 1070, his half-brother, Robert of Mortain, built a timber castle on the site in the classic Norman motte-and-bailey form, with a defensive conical mound and oval bailey.

The castle stayed in royal hands until 1155 when Thomas Becket was granted the honour of Berkhamsted by King Henry II.

As chancellor, he was the king’s right hand man and enjoyed great favour. Later he had a quarrel with the king, Becket was accused of embezzlement. He was disgraced and the honour of Berkhamsted was removed. It is open to the public and managed by English Heritage.


Jan 12th 2013 * 20 notes * Tags: #Berkhamsted Castle #castle #hertfordshire #england #english heritage #ruin #photo #xwidep #career
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  3. mathcat345 said: Stunning and love the back story!
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