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Monument Number 372211

Hob Uid: 372211
Location :
East Cambridgeshire
Grid Ref : TL4400073000
Summary : A castle at Alrehede/Aldreth was constructed in 1071 and held against King Stephen between 1140-1143, in which year it was captured.
More information : A wooden fortress is said to have existed at Aldreth according to the 13th century historian, Matthew Paris. It was known as "Hereward`s Castle". It also recorded that a castle was built at Aldreth by Nigellus, Bishop of Ely, as a defence against King Stephen (1135-54). (1)

The castle of Alrehede is mentioned by the `Liber Eliensis` in connection with the defence of the Isle of Ely in 1069-71. It was refortified in 1139. "Identification is doubtful but a suggested site is Belsar`s Hill, Willingham" (TL 47 SW 24)". (2)

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Source Number : 1
Source details : Transactions of the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archaeological Society 1 1901 21 (C H Evelyn-White)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Norman castles in Britain
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Extant 1071-1143
Monument End Date : 1143
Monument Start Date : 1071
Monument Type : Castle
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 47 SW 41
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