Orford Castle, Orford, Suffolk

Orford Castle, Orford, Suffolk
Photograph taken 2006 © Historic England Archive ref: NMR 21915/04

Orford is the earliest castle in England for which documentary evidence of its building survives. The Pipe Rolls, record its construction by King Henry II between 1165 and 1173 to a total cost of £1414 9s 2d. Orford Castle was a symbol of the King's power, strategically placed both to uphold royal authority in a region thickly planted with castles of powerful lords and to guard the coast against invasion. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

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