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Hastings

Hastings, East SussexHastings Borough CouncilHastings, England
Hastings Castle is a keep and bailey castle ruin situated in the town of Hastings, East Sussex.
In the 13th century, much of the town and half of Hastings Castle was washed away in the South England flood of February 1287.

Robert, Count of Eu

RobertRobert of EuRobert I
The Count of Eu held the castle for most of the Norman period, beginning with Robert, but King John ordered that the castle be destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis.
Around 1068, Robert was given the Hastings Castle and the adjacent territories previously owned by Onfroy du Tilleul.

East Sussex

EastSussexCounty of East Sussex
Hastings Castle is a keep and bailey castle ruin situated in the town of Hastings, East Sussex.

William the Conqueror

William IWilliam I of EnglandWilliam of Normandy
Immediately after landing in England in 1066, William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover.

Pevensey Castle

Pevenseycastle of Pevensey at Pevensey
Immediately after landing in England in 1066, William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover.

Battle of Hastings

HastingsBattleThe Battle of Hastings
Immediately after landing in England in 1066, William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover.

Dover Castle

DoverDeputy Governor of Dover Castlecastle
Immediately after landing in England in 1066, William of Normandy ordered three fortifications to be built, Pevensey Castle in September 1066, Hastings (before the Battle of Hastings) and Dover.

Motte-and-bailey castle

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Hastings Castle was originally built as a motte-and-bailey castle near the sea.

Counts of Eu

Count of EuCountess of EuEu
The Count of Eu held the castle for most of the Norman period, beginning with Robert, but King John ordered that the castle be destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis.

House of Normandy

NormanNormandyNorman dynasty
The Count of Eu held the castle for most of the Norman period, beginning with Robert, but King John ordered that the castle be destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis.

John, King of England

King JohnJohnJohn of England
The Count of Eu held the castle for most of the Norman period, beginning with Robert, but King John ordered that the castle be destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis.

Louis VIII of France

Louis VIIIPrince LouisLouis
The Count of Eu held the castle for most of the Norman period, beginning with Robert, but King John ordered that the castle be destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Dauphin Louis.

Henry III of England

Henry IIIKing Henry IIIKing Henry III of England
In 1220, Henry III re-fortified the castle. In 1242, Henry III bestowed rule of the castle and its lands to his wife’s uncle, Peter of Savoy, who then governed the estate until passing away.

Peter II, Count of Savoy

Peter II of SavoyPeter of SavoyPeter II
In 1242, Henry III bestowed rule of the castle and its lands to his wife’s uncle, Peter of Savoy, who then governed the estate until passing away.

Henry VIII of England

Henry VIIIKing Henry VIIIKing Henry VIII of England
The mid 16th century saw the castle receive another blow as Henry VIII commissioned that all Catholic monasteries were to be destroyed and this left the site in decay for many years.

Monastery

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The mid 16th century saw the castle receive another blow as Henry VIII commissioned that all Catholic monasteries were to be destroyed and this left the site in decay for many years.

World War II

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During World War II, the castle received more damage as Hastings was a target for bombing raids.

Robert de Auberville

Robert de Auberville (de Albervilla, in Latin), of Iham and Iden, Sussex, representative of a wealthy Norman family in Kent and Sussex, was a Justiciar in Kent, Constable of Hastings Castle, and Keeper of the Coast to King Henry III of England.

Culture of Sussex

culturefolkloreSussex culture
Important Norman architecture in Sussex includes Chichester Cathedral, the ruins of Lewes Priory and Battle Abbey as well as Norman remains in the castles at Arundel, Bramber, Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings.

Castles in Great Britain and Ireland

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William, Duke of Normandy, invaded England in 1066 and one of his first actions after landing was to build Hastings Castle to protect his supply routes.

St Mary Magdalene's Church, St Leonards-on-Sea

St Mary Magdalene's ChurchSt Mary MagdaleneHastings
The famous Battle of 1066 took place nearby; a castle was founded; the town operated its own mint; it was the leader of the Cinque Ports; and seven churches existed within its boundaries.

List of places of worship in Hastings

HastingsHoly Child JesusRobertson Street Congregational Church
By the 12th century, it was the main member of the Cinque Ports, and its castle dominated the cliff below which the ancient settlement developed.

St Leonard's Baptist Church, St Leonards-on-Sea

St Leonard's Baptist Church
Hastings, an ancient seaside town on the Sussex coast, was an important settlement by the 12th century: it had its own castle and mint, and was the main Cinque Port.

St Leonard's Church, St Leonards-on-Sea

St Leonard's ChurchSt Leonarda church
The famous Battle of 1066 took place nearby; a castle was founded; the town operated its own mint; it was the leader of the Cinque Ports; and seven churches existed within its boundaries.

St Luke's United Reformed Church, Silverhill, Hastings

St LukeSt Luke's Church, SilverhillSt Luke's United Reformed Church
Ecclesiastically, it was a prebend linked to the collegiate church of St Mary-in-the-Castle in the grounds of Hastings Castle.