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Arundel Castle

The palatial castle at Arundel has grown from its modest origins as a motte and bailey castle built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, around 1068. A shell keep was added to the top of the motte in about 1140, and curtain walls, a chapel and a garden, possibly the first Royal garden in England, were added by King Henry II.

Arundel Castle has belonged to the Earl’s of Arundel and the Dukes of Norfolk for many centuries. Passing from the d’Albinis to the Fitzalans in the 13th century and to the Howards in the 16th century, it has been home to many prominent figures in English History.

During the Civil War (1642-51) the castle was badly damaged after being besieged twice, first by Royalist forces who took control and later by Parliamentary forces. Restoration began in the 18th century, and many of the original Norman features were repaired. But the most extensive period of building work occurred at the end of the 19th century when Henry, the 15th Duke of Norfolk, rebuilt most of the castle in a grand Gothic style.

The castle is still family home to the Duke of Norfolk, and visitors can tour the main castle building and view the rich interiors of a stately home, as well as explore the earlier medieval parts of the castle, the keep and barbican gate.

Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB

Official Website : https://arundelcastle.org

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Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

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England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

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