Pre Medieval / Norman Square Keep
Small amount survives
Only open at certain times
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To defend the estuaries of Essex against attacks from the Danes William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a new castle at Colchester.
Once the threat from invasion had reduced, the castle was passed into the control of Eudo de Rie, who held the position of high steward.
An invasion force from France under direction of Philippe II, the king of France captured Colchester Castle. Their objective was to help the cause of the Baron's against king John.
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