Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
Photograph taken September 2003 © Copyright Historic England Archive ref: nmr 23246/19

Standing on a partly-artificial elevation, Carisbrooke Castle occupies site of an earlier Saxon stronghold which replaced a Roman Castra. As the premier defensive site on the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke was re-fortified by Elizabeth 1st against the perceived threat of the Spanish Armada. The north gate of the outer wall recalls this, and is inscribed ER 1598. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more.


Isle of Wight Carisbrooke


Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)



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