Norman castle site ‘complete again’

“A pharmaceutical firm has donated three acres (1.2 hectares) to Berkhamsted Castle Trust, plus £25,000 to maintain the ‘national asset'” More details here


Aerial view of Berkhamsted Castle circa 1950s

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Why the English Submission to William the Conqueror at Berkhamsted Still Matters

A talk by Professor David Bates
At The Old Hall, Berkhamsted School
On Friday 7th April at 7.30pm


Bronze bust of William the Conqueror

A new insight into the Norman Conquest and the English surrender at Berkhamsted will be given in a talk by an eminent historian in the town in April.

Following his unveiling of a bronze bust of William, commemorating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Professor David Bates is making good his offer to return and speak about this historic event in greater detail.

Professor Bates, who holds the chair of medieval studies at the University of East Anglia, has just published a new biography, William the Conqueror. In his talk he will describe how there are still lessons to be learned from the event which changed English history forever.

After the talk Professor Bates will invite questions from the audience and sign copies of his book, which will be on sale.

There will also be another chance to see the bust, which will be exhibited at the school.

Tickets for the event are priced £5 for adults and free of charge to students, to include refreshments.

To reserve your place book online here


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Siege of Berkhamsted 800 years ago

Battlefields Trust event…
“The siege of Berkhamsted Castle, 1216
Sunday 4th December 2016
To mark the 800th anniversary of the siege and capture of Berkhamsted castle by Louis of France in December 1216, Julian Humphrys will be leading a walk around the castle on Sunday 4th December. Meet in castle car park at 11.00am.
All Trust members and friends are welcome to attend. The event is free for Trust members, but a donation of £5 is requested from non-members.
For further information, contact email:”



King John signs Magna Carta

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Alderney Bayeux Tapestry Finale

Alderney Bayeux Tapestry Finale will be displayed for the general public in the Civic Centre Berkhamsted on 2-5 Nov 2016 then for schools only on 7-11 Nov 2016 at the Old Hall, Berkhamsted School, Castle Street Campus. Any further enquiries to Jenny Sherwood on 01442 865158 or email here

The Bayeux tapestry reconstruction of the last missing panels by Jan Messent in 1997 shows the submission at Berkhamsted (Beorcham) and William on the throne of England.


Jan Messent’s Bayeux Finale

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950th anniversary of Battle of Hastings

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Welcome to the new Berkhamsted Castle blog!

With redevelopment of the castle website comes the opportunity to keep in touch with our latest news and events. Watch this space!

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