The castle was originally built in the 11th century to protect the bishop of Durham from attacks. The north of England, especially after the Norman conquest of the country in 1066 (beginning with the Battle of Hastings), was a "very wild" area. The castle is an example of the martens preferred by the Normans.
Built in the early 14th century by Bishop Antony Bek, the Great Hall was the largest of its time in Britain until Bishop Richard Fox downsized it towards the end of the 15th century. It is 14 meters high and over 30 meters long.
August 11, 2019
Durham Castle is a Norman castle in the city of Durham, England, which has been wholly occupied since 1840 by University College, Durham. It is open to the general public to visit, but only through guided tours, since it is in use as a working building and is home to over 100 students. The castle stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham's peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral
The castle was originally built in the 11th century as a projection of the Norman king's power in the north of England, as the population of England in the north remained "wild and fickle" following the disruption of the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is an example of the early motte and bailey castles favoured by the Normans. The holder of the office of the Bishop of Durham was appointed by the King to exercise royal authority on his behalf, with the castle being his seat.
Entrance to Bishop Bek's Great Hall
Inside Bishop Bek's Great Hall
It remained the bishop's palace for the bishops of Durham until the bishops made Auckland Castle their primary residence and the castle was converted into a college.
The castle has a large Great Hall, created by Bishop Antony Bek in the early 14th century. It was the largest Great Hall in Britain until Bishop Richard Foxe shortened it at the end of the 15th century. However, it is still 14 metres (46 ft) high and over 30 metres (98 ft) long.
April 14, 2017
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