THE CASTLE KEEP (INCLUDING EXCAVATED REMAINS OF FOREBUILDING IN MOAT)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1123674
Date first listed:
24-Feb-1950
Statutory Address:
THE CASTLE KEEP (INCLUDING EXCAVATED REMAINS OF FOREBUILDING IN MOAT)

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE CASTLE KEEP (INCLUDING EXCAVATED REMAINS OF FOREBUILDING IN MOAT)

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Essex
District:
Colchester (District Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TL9986425325

Details

1. CASTLE PARK 995 ----------- The Castle Keep (including excavated remains of forebuilding in moat) TL 9925 SE 5/3 24.2.50.

I

2. Built late C11 on the site of the great Roman Claudian Temple (the foundations still exist under the castle), almost entirely of Roman tiles and septaria. It was probably built in circa 1080 for William the Conqueror as an important defensive work. It was much larger and more massive than any other Norman Castle built in England - possibly partly because it had to enclose the great Roman foundations still existing on the site. It had 3 storeys or more and is now probably less than half its original height, though still a most imposing structure and a most important example of mediaeval military architecture. Demolition was begun in 1693, the height being reduced. Considerable restoration took place in the mid C18 for Charles Grey. The dome over the great staircase was added by James Deane in 1760. AM.

Listing NGR: TL9986425325

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
116865
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Other
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 15 Essex,

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 13 Jan 2005
Reference: IOE01/13659/14
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Bryan Shaw. Source Historic England Archive
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