Hadleigh Castle, Eastern Tower
Hadleigh Castle was built circa 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent. The Castle is constructed from Kentish ragstone with a seashell mortar.
Hadleigh Castle was seized from De Burgh when he was imprisoned by King Henry III in 1239 and was retained as a Royal Castle until 1551, when it was sold to Lord Richard Rich who dismantled much of the original Castle for it's valuable stone.
Ownership of the ruins remained with Rich's descendants up until 1891 when it was purchased by William Booth for the Salvation Army. In 1948 the Salvation Army gave Hadleigh Castle to the Government and it is now owned and maintained by English Heritage as a Grade I listed historic ruin alongside Hadleigh Castle Country Park managed by Essex County Council.
Hadleigh Castle and Country Park will be the setting for the London 2012 Olympic mountain biking event.
I recently downloaded 8Gb of photographs backed up from my old Flickr photostream and I decided to edit a few of the better ones taken with my Kodak Z1485 to upload here.