Castle Rising is a ruined medieval fortification in the village of Castle Rising, Norfolk, England.
The castle was built soon after 1138 by William d’Aubigny II, who had risen through the ranks of the Anglo-Norman nobility to become the Earl of Arundel.
With his new wealth, he constructed Castle Rising and its surrounding deer park, a combination of fortress and palatial hunting lodge.
William’s descendants inherited Castle Rising before passing into the hands of the de Montalt family in 1243.
The Montalts later sold the castle to Queen Isabella, who lived there after her fall from power in 1330.
Isabella extended the castle buildings and enjoyed a regal lifestyle, entertaining her son, Edward III, on several occasions.
After her death, Edward, the Black Prince, was granted it to form part of the Duchy of Cornwall.
During the 15th century, the castle became increasingly valued for its hunting facilities rather than its military defences. It fell into disrepair, and, despite the construction of new living quarters and service facilities, it was derelict by the middle of the 16th century.
King Henry VIII sold the property to Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, and most castle buildings were demolished. In the 19th century, when Mary and Fulke Greville Howard inherited the property, the castle was renovated and restored.
I photographed this image during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic using a camera drone when local travel restrictions were eased. Unfortunately, the castle remained closed.
Image size: 1200×920
File size: 1.1MB
Bit: 24 bit
Property/model release: No
Edited: Yes. Adobe Lightroom CC
Location: Castle Rising, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Year took: 2020
Copyright owner: J. J. Williamson