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Guidebook: Orford Castle


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Orford Castle was built by Henry II in the 12th century to protect himself against foreign invasion and uprisings by the barons of East Anglia, particularly the powerful Hugh Bigod, who owned Framlingham Castle. Designed as a visible symbol of royal power, it was both an innovative military stronghold and a grand residence, with comfortable rooms and a sophisticated layout. Its construction encouraged the development of a new church, street-plan and improved port in Orford itself.

Orford remained an important royal castle for over 150 years, and was still defending the coast in the Second World War when it served as a radar station. Today the keep offers a fascinating insight into castle life in the 12th century. From the roof there is a sweeping panorama of the town, coast, and surrounding landscape.

This guidebook includes a new reconstruction painting of the castle and its earthworks, based on recent research which has revealed the probably position of the lost castle walls for the first time.

Key Features:

  • 32 pages
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2009 (revised reprint)

Size: Approx. 180 mm (w) x 200 mm (h)
Author: John Rhodes
ISBN: 9781850748540

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Guidebook: Orford Castle