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 Sussex Framlingham Castle


Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, the castle, together with Framlingham Mere, was designed both as a stronghold and as a symbol of power and status - as befitted one of the most influential people in the court of Henry II. Architecturally, the castle is notable for its curtain wall and mural towers, an early example of this style. The castle fulfilled a number of roles. It was at the centre of the struggle between the Bigod barons and the Crown, and Mary Tudor stayed here in 1553, before being crowned Queen. At the end of the 16th century it was a prison; later still a poorhouse and school were built in the grounds.

Today, the imposing stone walls and crenellated towers with their ornate Tudor chimneys dominate, while the grassy earthworks around the castle are subdued reminders of busier times. To the west, the Mere provides a stunning setting. While visiting, why not take a walk around the magnificent Framlingham Mere and the castle's outer courts and moats? Or perhaps negotiate the impressive wall-walk and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside?

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