Day 50 – Berkhamsted Castle

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Gracie

Berkhamsted Castle is a place of great historical importance. When William the conqueror beat Harold in the Battle Of Hastings in 1066, he marched through Britain. He was met by the court in   Berkhamsted  and they offered him the English crown. He accepted and was crowned King William I on Christmas Day 1066.

The Castle was important because it was on the route that invaders would take to get to London. The soldiers there were defending the Capital City.

At one point King Louis of France attacked the castle. He was invited to do so by the barons of England because they opposed the new king. He fired rocks at them and eventually they had to surrender.

In 1155 the castle was given to Thomas Beckett. He was the king’s chancellor and right hand man. He rebuilt the castle and was responsible for the huge stone curtain wall.

In 1162 Beckett was made the first Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1164 he had an argument with the king and was accused of stealing money. The castle was taken from him.

He was murdered in 1170.

We really enjoyed our visit, walking around the crumbling flint walls, climbing up to the summit of the keep, playing battle games and learning lots of cool facts. We actually had a competition for who could find the most interesting  and unusual piece of information. Irys won because she thought out of the box and was creative. She counted the 65 steps to the top of the keep.

The castle really was in ruins, but it was still impressive. It had this feel of tranquility to it.

The castle really was in ruins, but it was still impressive. It had this feel of tranquility to it.

On the steps going up the keep. Gosh, it must have been hard for the invaders to get up there. They did n't have steps and they would have had the added pleasure of crossbows being shot at them.

On the steps going up the keep. Gosh, it must have been hard for the invaders to get up there. They didn’t have steps and they would have had the added pleasure of crossbows being shot at them.

The view from the top!

The view from the top!

Evan attacking the keep, I'm on guard.

Evan attacking the keep, I’m on guard.

Information boards. If you zoom in then you should be able to read them.

Information boards. If you zoom in then you should be able to read them.

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An aerial view of the castle now.

An aerial view of the castle now.

What the castle would have looked like when it was built.

What the castle would have looked like in 1190.

Evan

Evan

Battle photo. We're all red in the face from running and Ev is celebrating his victory on capturing the castle in our game.

Battle photo. We’re all red in the face from running and Ev is celebrating his victory on capturing the castle in our game.

Running is certainly not one of my strengths, but sneaking and hiding is. I crept up on Evan whilst he was hiding in a bush, I snuck up on him.

Running is certainly not one of my strengths, but sneaking and hiding is. I crept up on Evan whilst he was hiding in a bush and ambushed him, but he’s faster than me.

Where are those boys hiding?

Where are those boys hiding?

Dad's enjoying himself!

Dad’s enjoying himself!

Get him!!!!!!!!

Get him!!!!!!!!

Go Ev! Go!

Go Ev! Go!

I'll wrestle him to the ground!

I’ll wrestle him to the ground!

Fun, fun, fun

Fun, fun, fun

 

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2 thoughts on “Day 50 – Berkhamsted Castle

  1. What an interesting castle. You all looked liked you had great fun. Gracie running was never my best activity,irys well done for using your better judgement and winning the competition xxxxx

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