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Nottingham Castle

Listed under Castles in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

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Nottingham Castle has stood on its own natural rocky outcrop, one with 130 foot cliffs to the south and west since the year after the Battle of Hastings: 1067 – overlooking its surrounds. In its first incarnation it was a wooden castle, protected by a stern wooden fence, and later stone versions, still stern, until the current model was erected in 1660, more a 'Ducal Mansion' that a medieval castle – though it stands on top of the medieval cellars, passageways and foundations. It's been open as a museum since 1878, after being renovated by Thomas Chambers Hine and opened by King Edward VII while he was still the Prince of Wales.

Some of the most famous events surrounding the castle involve the stories of Robin Hood, who had many supposed show downs with the Sheriff of Nottingham, who took over the castle grounds while Richard the Lionheart was away fighting the Cursades, and before his brother Prince John came down to take over. When Richard returned he took it back from John by force using the de-siege machines he's developed in Jerusalem.

In the 18th Century the castle was again the location for royal intrigue, when Edward III snuck in via one of the underground secret passages and captured rule from his mother and her lover.

By the time of the Civil War the castle had already been part ruined several times and by the end of it it was entirely broken up to prevent it being used again.

Written by  Ame P. Oliver.

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