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Nottingham Castle dominated the town of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest throughout the medieval period.

The original castle was built by William Peveril on the orders of William the Conqueror in 1067.

The castle guarded the point where the King's Road to York crossed the River Trent.

The River Trent marked the boundary between the north and south of England.

The original castle was a Motte and Bailey built of earth and timber.

It is possible that some of the walls were built of stone in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135), by the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) the castle had undergone a major rebuild with many rooms being added- the castle was now a royal palace alongside Winchester and Windsor.

It was Henry II who also started work on the Royal hunting palace at Clipstone.













Picture: Nottingham Castle from John Speeds map of Nottingham 1610


The original builder of the castle William Peveril also founded Lenton Priory which would go on to be the richest in Nottinghamshire and Sherwood Forest.

The castle dominated the skyline of the medieval town- built on a high, vertical-sided outcrop of sandstone.

This near impregnable fortress would form the basis for control of the region and was considered the gateway to the north.




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The Sherwood Forest
National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

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Long term Research at 
King John’s Palace:
Ancient Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

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“Scirwuda- Mapping the Greenwood”: Place-names,
Ghost and Shadow woods of Sherwood Forest Project

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Investigating Thynghowe Viking
Meeting Site

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Searching for the 
The Battle of Hatfield

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Edwinstowe Church Survey

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St Mary’s Norton- Cuckney Church Survey

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Settlement Development in the Forest

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Sherwood Heath Survey

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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Researching Edward IIs fortification at Clipstone Peel

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Ransom Wood Survey

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Thoresby Estate Survey

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The Landscape of Wellow Project

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The Cistercians of Rufford Project:
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Sherwood Forest Environmental Survey

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World War II in Sherwood Forest - Mapping the camps, munitions and more

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