Castles and forts

Castles, forts, hillforts, fortifications and other similar attractions and places in Britain.  They may have been primarily built for defence – but may also be symbols of power.

Why visit Berkhamsted Castle?

Berkhamsted, castle, Herts

Good question.  You can see for yourself that there’s very little of it left.  True, there’s a fine motte, traces of a few fireplaces, site of a kitchen, with an attractive gap-toothed inner curtain wall built mainly of local flint – and a well.  But that’s about it – and the massive moats, which would […]

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The Castle at Castle Acre

Bailey Gate, castle, Castle Acre, Norfolk

Toki lost his lands when the Normans came.  The new foreign aristocracy following Harold’s defeat at Hastings in 1066 swept aside Anglo-Saxon landowners, and poor Toki was one of the casualties.  He was a thegn – which could mean a variety of things – but in any event a man of property in the settlement

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In search of Robin Hood

Robin Hood is one of England’s enduring legendary heroes.  Deprived of his rightful inheritance and outlawed, Robert of Locksley (or Loxley) shelters in the King’s forest of Sherwood, where he assumes natural leadership over the vagabonds and other outlaws in hiding there, all victims of medieval England’s harsh laws and brutal penalties for infringement.  Robert

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