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Cambridge Castle
TL 446-593 Cambridgeshire England

Cambridge Castle Cambridge Castle is an earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded in 1068 by King William I. In the late 13th century, King Edward I founded the stone castle, when adding a curtain wall flanked by towers, a large twin-towered gatehouse and a keep on the motte. Dilapidated by 1441, it was described as 'old, ruined and decayed' in 1590 but the castle was refortified during the civil war. Brick barracks were built on the site of the great hall but in 1647 the new defences were slighted. The gatehouse and barracks were retained as prison buildings, until the early 19th century and the Shire Hall of 1932 now stands in the levelled bailey. An outer bailey may have existed to the north but only the motte and damaged civil war earthworks of bastions and ramparts now remain.

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Cambridge Castle is located in the city centre, off Castle Street. 35 miles south-east of Peterborough, on the A1-A14.

The site is owned by the Cambridgeshire County Council and is freely accessible in daylight hours.

There are car parks nearby.

Cambridge Castle pictures and large castle map
Cambridge Castle Picture 1Cambridge Castle Picture 2Castle Map of the Area

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