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Castle Rising Castle - bridge

This is the ruins of Castle Rising Castle, near the village of Castle Rising.


When we got to the car park, I noticed a school party. So as soon as we paid and got in, I went all the way around taking pictures of the castle. By the time I completed one lap of the castle mound above, the secondary school kids started to come in. So I went out, had a little look at the village and road then back in.


Weren't here for long but at least I got my photos of the castle. I missed going inside it, but then those students were probably inside doing school work or something.


It is north of King's Lynn, and south of Sandringham.


Castle Rising (castle)


Castle Rising Castle is a ruined castle situated in the village of Castle Rising in the English county of Norfolk. It was built in about 1138 by William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, who also owned Arundel Castle. Much of its square keep, surrounded by a defensive mount, is intact. It is currently owned by Lord Howard of Rising, a descendant of William d'Aubigny.


The bridge that goes over the mount


We were the first ones that day to open the gate.


The ruins are Grade I listed.


Ruins of Castle and Eleventh Century Church, Castle Rising - British Listed Buildings


Castle, c1138 for William d'Albini II. Barnack limestone with carstone,

Sandringham sandstone and flint. Hall keep with footings to domestic

buildings in carstone to north, surrounding circular rampart with parts of

curtain wall, gateway through rampart and bridge across deep encircling

ditch. Keep (c24m x 21m x 15m high) ashlared walls now with panels of

coursed local stone. East facade: 3-storeyed forebuilding to right breaking

forward with tiled saddle roof, to left the enclosed outside stairway of

keep. 2-bay forebuilding of ashlar with central pilaster strip and clasping

buttresses to angles, all having shafts to ground and 1st floors; 2 large

semi-circular headed windows to 1st floor, string course above with figure

ccrbels; 3 square openings to 2nd floor; left return with similar window

as east to 1st floor, tall semi-circular headed blank arch below blocked

with local stones and having side shafts. Wall to roofless outside stairs

with ashlar clasping buttress with shafts at angles, central ashlar pilaster

strip having remains above of postern stair; high blank arcade to left and

right, that to left of 6 semi-circular headed arches with cushion capitals

to lost shafts, rear of arcade with chevron indentations, zig-zag string

course below, remains of two circular openings above now containing grotesque

corbels; blank arcade to right of 6 intersecting semi-circular headed arches

with roll mouldings. Keep wall above to rear with central ashlar pilaster

strip, openings to 1st and 2nd floors, clasping buttress to left angle.

South Facade: 4 panels of roughly coursed local stones replacing original

ashlar, ashlared pilaster strips between and clasping angle turret buttresses

with engaged shafts and small stair light; battered plinth; 1 slit opening

per panel to ground floor, 1st floor with varied openings, 2nd floor with

small bullseye to each of 1st three bays, opening of double semi-circular

headed light to 4th bay. Entrance to right to attached outside stair:

semi-circular headed doorway with side shafts, a frieze of corbels above

and a blank arcade of two arches, cornice and 2 circular openings with

grotesques as to left of east facade. North facade as south. West facade

of 4 bays articulated by ashlar pilaster strips, battered plinth, altered

blank arches in ashlar to 2nd, 3rd and 4th bays, continuous with pilaster

strips, but with ashlared forebuilding to left. Interior: floorless; in

two parts, Great Hall to north, Great Chamber to south; basement to west

of Great Hall with pier and double groined vault; service rooms above

including kitchen with circular hearth of on-edge tiles to south-west angle

having circular chimney above through angle turret. Grotesque corbels for

roof of great hall. Remains of chapel in south-east corner of 1st floor

with blank arcading to south and west wall of nave, semi-circular chancel

arch with cushion capitals to shafts and decorative mouldings; one bay

chancel with raised floor, rib vaulting having figure head bosses at

crossing, zig-zag string course below sill of east window. Forebuilding

to north-east: newel stair with ashlared walls and vault; antechamber, to

Great hall on 1st floor, semi-circular headed doorway to Great Hall of 3

orders with side shafts having cushion capitals, each supporting a zigzag

and roll moulding; doorway converted to fireplace and blocked with C15

encaustic heraldic tiles inserted c1840. 1st floor room of 2 bays with rib

vaulting springing from foliage corbels of late C13, vaulting crosses the

semi-circular headed window rear arches with attached shafts. 2nd floor

room an addition, now with internal buttresses and remains of vaulting,

cushion capital to shaft of former external clasping turret buttress of keep

now low at north-west angle; C19 fireplace to south. Bridge: across ditch

to east; revetment of various local stones and erratics, 4-centred head

in brick to arch, parapet with some brick. Gateway through rampart: roofless

in variety of local stone with limestone dressings, semi-circular arches

to front and rear, returns between arches having to left one recess and

doorway to part newel stair, to right 2 recesses, all with semi-circular

headed arches. Small length of curtain wall to south of gateway on rampart,

mainly of 14th brick with some stone, stone facings lost. Ruins of Cll Parish

church: c30m north of keep of the castle, partly within earth rampart; a

variety of local stone: rubble of carstone, Sandringham sandstone, flint

and erratics. 3-cell plan of nave, central tower and apsed chancel. Part

walls of complete plan remaining. Nave with remains of opposing south and

north doorways, low bench around nave walls, to west of south doorway part

of C16 fireplace with some herringbone brickwork. Apse with round headed

single splayed lights to north and east with Roman tiles in internal

dressings. The church was superceded by the C12 church of St. Lawrence (q.v.

6/4) c260m to north, it was subsequently covered by the castle ramparts.

Excavated in early C19 when font base said to fit the stem of font now

in church of St. Laurence was discovered. From 1331-58 the Castle was the

residence of Isabella, wife of Edward II and accomplice to his murder in

l327. The Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument Norfolk No. 3 in the care

of English Heritage, R.A. Brown Castle Rising, HMSO, 1978.

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Taken on July 15, 2011