Hereford Castle

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Hereford Castle was a castle in the cathedral city of Hereford () in Herefordshire, England.

Pre Norman Castle

It stood on a site to the south and east of the modern city overlooking the River Wye. It is thought that the first castle on the site was a motte-and-bailey castle built of timber and actually erected before the Norman conquest in 1052 under Saxon rule by Ralph the Timid, son of the Count of Vexin, who had been made Saxon Earl of Hereford in 1046. In 1055 the town was overrun by the Welsh under Gruffudd ap Llywelyn and the early castle was destroyed.

Norman Castle

In 1066 after the Norman conquest, William FitzOsbern, Lord of Breteuil in Normandy, was created first Norman Earl of Hereford. He restored the castle which was a motte and bailey castle with the river on one...
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