Hastings Castle 1066 Country


         William of Normandy built two castles on the south coast. Pevensey, Hastings castle was the first, with Hastings castle being constructed shortly before the battle that would change the course of English history. Originally the Hastings castle would have been a wooden fort built on an earthen mote, it is believed the Normans used these basic structures in pre-fabricated form, And William may very well have bought them over with his supply’s

The coronation of William took place on Christmas Day 1066, and by 1070 he had issued orders for Hastings castle to be rebuilt in stone at Hastings, together with the new St Mary's Chapel.


         The Count of Eu held the Hastings castle for most of the Norman period, King John ordered the Hastings castle's destruction to stop it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis. Henry III was to re-fortify the Hastings castle in c1220, and the Hastings castle flourished until fate took a hand in 1287. For much of the year the south coast had been ravaged by violent storms until eventually the constant battering of the soft sandstone cliffs succumbed to the sea taking much of Hastings castle with it. This coincided with many traditional coastal ports were being abandoned as the coastline changed; this caused many of the harbours to silt up. Hastings suffered this fate, leaving the Hastings castle abandoned and the town poor, with only the church continuing.



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