Castle Rising, Norfolk, 12th January 2014

February 9, 2014
Written by: Rob Slusar

One clear and chilly Sunday morning in January, we decided to take an impromptu trip to the Norfolk coast which as with lots of the Norfolk county is full of lots of photo opportunities. Castle Rising is one of those opportunities.

Castle Rising is located of the A149 on the route towards Hunstanton and is one of the most famous 12th century castles in England.

Built on the site of an early Norman church (thought to be the first parish church of rising), the 13 acre site comprises of a stone keep and bailey within imposing earthworks, some rising to the height of 18m.

The castle was still in use until the 17th century undergoing a larger number of changes and alterations in its time. Since the 17th century, at which point some of the castle was stripped in order to use for repairs in other areas of the county. The castle was opened to the public in 1900, and is open most of the year to visitors.

Below are a selection of shots from our visit.

A view from the entrance to the site

The defenders view from the inner bailey, with the outer earthworks visible and the Norfolk country side beyond

Ruins of the 14th century chapel

A view toward the main entrance of the castle

Entrance/reception hall with stairway leading to the main body of the castle

The corridor system through the castle is narrow, but a lot of the original features are in place

The remaining stair case through to the floors of the castle

A view into the entrance of what would have been the great hall, the holes in the wall marking where the original floor beams would have been

Despite the weathering and decay of parts of the building, some of the details in the great hall are still visible

Looking up from the basement into the upper levels, this would have been kitchens or associated storage for the castle

A view of the castle from the top of the earthworks

Apologies for the shadow, but this gives some idea of the scale of the earthworks

The original Norman church on the site

Thanks for looking


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