Christchurch Castle

Castle St, Christchurch BH23 1AZ, United Kingdom
+44 1202 495127


  • 901 Town ramparts captured by Aethelwold King of Wessex.
  • 924 Wooden fort built.
  • 1043 Monastery founded in the area by Edward the Confessor.
  • c.1100 Castle begun by Richard de Redvers, a Norman baron who accompanied William the Conqueror to England.
  • 1136 Castle forfeited as Richard’s son, Baldwin, 1st Earl of Devon, supported Empress Matilda in unsuccessful claim to throne against King Stephen but later restored to de Redvers in same year.
  • c.1150 Baldwin’s brother, Richard, 2nd Earl of Devon, rebuilt the castle in stone.
  • 1293 Passed to the Crown.
  • 1644 During Civil War, Parliamentarians take control of castle.
  • 1645 Troop of 1,000 Royalists unsuccesfully lay seige for 3 days.
  • 1651-1652 Cromwell orders castle to be slighted. Defences dismantled by order of Parliament.
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