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Arundel Castle is amazing for a number of reasons but perhaps the most fascinating aspect about the castle is that one family has held title to the land almost continuously since 1138 AD. The castle is home to the Duke of Norfort, a descendant of the Aubigny family that resided here in the mid 12th century.


Photo above - Arundel Castle west wing.

Arundel Castle is a very large structure. Like Windsor castle the structure contains two, oblong baileys (courtyards) with a central Keep placed on a Motte (man made hill). The central keep was build by William d'Albini at the middle of the 12th century.

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Photo Above - The 12th century Keep sits high up on an earthen mound (the motte).

Since its original establishment as a wooden fortress, the castle has undergone significant changes while retaining much of its historical structure. During the English Civil War most of the castle was destroyed and allowed to decay until the 8th Duke of Norfork commenced reconstruction in 1716 AD.


Photo Above - West bailey of Arundel Castle.

Today, the visitor to Arundel Castle gets to visit a lot of the castle, including areas of the castle regular in use by family and guest when tourist are not allowed at the castle. To name but just a few of the sights; in the Castle can be seen armor, stuff deer heads, a library in the Gothic style of the early 1800's, stylishly decorated bedrooms, and the expansive Barons' Hall with its magnificent 50 foot oak beam trusted roof.

Unfortunately, no photograph is allowed in the residential sections of the castle.

 


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Information on this page comes form my July, 2006 visit to England
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