D'Oilly's castle followed the traditional Norman motte and bailey design, with a high conical mound topped by a timber keep, set within a bailey, or enclosure, which housed secondary buildings protected by a perimeter palisade. The new castle incorporated parts of the Saxon town walls.
Castle Meadows is open at any time and allows access to the earthworks and to the castle motte itself. When we visited the motte was closed due to safety concerns with erosion on the sloping hillside. It still makes quite an impressive sight, however, even if you can't climb to the top.
December 14, 2018
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