In the reign of Queen Eliabeth I, the Italian engineer Federigo Gianibelli was employed to improve the earthwork defences around the castle. The modifications were designed to make it harder for cannons to fire in a direct line at the walls of the castle. The outer gateway was also rebuilt in the Elizabethan period.
Carisbrooke Castle served as the prison for Charles I after he was captured trying to flee the country. In more recent times the castle was the home of the governors of the Isle of Wight, the last of whom was Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria.
|Carisbrooke Castle Key Facts|
|County||Isle Of Wight (2 castles)|
|Directions||On the south-west siide of Newport, Isle of Wight|
|Categories||Pre Medieval / Motte & Bailey / Stone|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|1100||Carisbrooke Castle given to de Redvers|
|Henry I granted the ownership of the castle on the Isle of Wight to Richard de Redvers a Norman nobleman.|
|1136||Baldwin de Redvers flees to Carisbrooke|
|The Earl of Devon, Baldwin de Redvers takes refuge in Carisbrooke castle on the Isle of Wight after a defeat at the hands of King Stephen.|
|1355||Carisbrooke Castle passes to Isabel|
|After the death of Isabella de Fortibus in 1293 the castle became the property of Edward I and the crown. In 1355 Edward III granted the ownership of the castle to his daughter Isabel.|
|1377||Carisbrooke defended against the French|
|The French landed on the Isle of Wight and attacked Carisbrooke castle. The castle did not fall to the French.|
|Early Modern Period (1500-1800)|
|1647||Nov||Charles I held at Carisbrooke Castle|
|Charles I took refuge at Carisbrooke but the castle later turned out to be his prison from where he attempted several times to escape but failed.|
The Norman Conquerors built their castles in locations where they could keep control of the local populations of Saxons or at important locations such as river crossings or on key roads. Many motte and bailey castles were built on the border with Wales to try and keep the Welsh at bay. The advantage of this type of castle was that it was quick to construct. Making a fortification from wood was much easier than making one of stone.
Take control of a medieval trebuchet to destroy the enemy castle and capture their flag.
Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past.