Framlingham Castle: The Landscape Context. Desk Top Assessment

Author(s): Magnus Alexander

Framlingham is identified as the caput of an Anglo-Saxon estate. A Norman precursor to Framlingham Castle was probably deliberately located where the castle is today, on the site of the Saxon caput, in order to reinforce the new Norman lord’s claim to the older territory. The known parks were examined in the field. Park pale was found to survive along much of the eastern side of Framlingham Great Park and along the southern side of Bradhaye. The origins of the town may go as far back as the early Norman period. The church might have been inserted into an existing framework around the time the curtain wall of the castle was built as this would have cut off access to the existing chapel, possibly the original parish church. The properties along Church Street around the marketplace may have been planned but it was not clear if this was one phase. It is suggested that the marketplace may once have been larger and that the block to the south of the church encroached onto it in the medieval period. Post medieval developments are summarised including the role of the area in the Second World War.

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Desk Top Assessment Early Medieval Landscape Park Medieval


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