Thetford Castle
Thetford Castle
The partial remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Today only the mound remains, surrounded by extensive earthwork defenses, including twin ditches of considerable height and depth. The mound was erected on top of an earlier Iron Age hillfort. Thetford Castle is the largest motte in England.
The first castle on the site was built around 1067, immediately following the Norman invasion. The second was built during the turbulent civil war between followers of King Stephen and Queen Matilda during the mid 12th century. This castle was destroyed in 1174, leaving only the earthworks we can see today.