Castle Rising


William de Aubigny, also known as William of the Strong Hand, had this castle built around 1138. It is one the finest examples of a Norman hall keep in the east of England.

The construction of it was probably carried out by local masons and carpenters.

There are particular design affinities with the keep at Norwich and at Falaise, which poses the question - was the architect / engineer a Norman?

The keep is fifty feet high and stands in an inner bailey of massive earthworks into which is set a small Norman gateway of uncertain date.

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