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Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle, its striking outline reflected in the nearby mere.
Surrounded by parkland and estates, it was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. Its owners for over years were the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk, the supreme magnates in East Anglia — rich, ambitious and influential both at home and abroad. Framlingham Castle was built by the Bigods, a powerful Norman family in the 12th century. The first stone buildings at the site were probably the work of Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk d.
But it was under his successor, Roger Bigod II d. But by relations had soured — Roger, along with 25 other barons, challenged the high military taxes levied by King John and forced him to accept the Magna Carta. Enraged, John laid siege to Framlingham in After two days, the castle surrendered. In the 14th century Framlingham passed to the Brotherton family. For some 17 years it was in the hands of Margaret, the daughter of Thomas Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk. Margaret, who was known to have enjoyed a lavish lifestyle at the castle, was a powerful woman of the period and the first to be made a duchess in her own right.
It was then passed down to the famous Howard family in It was around this time that the castle played a key role in a succession crisis. Thousands of her supporters flocked to the castle. One of her first acts as ruler was to restore the estates and dukedom to the Howards. In the castle was sold to a rich lawyer and philanthropist, Sir Robert Hitcham.
At his death a year later, he left instructions for the castle buildings to be demolished and a poorhouse built. Just over a hundred years later the last poorhouse inmates left, and the building was used as a parish hall. Find out more more about her, and her lavish lifestyle at the castle. Explore Framlingham Castle and read about its history in the official English Heritage guidebook.
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With English Heritage membership, you can enjoy a full year of free entry to over historic places. More s History. History of Framlingham Castle Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle, its striking outline reflected in the nearby mere. King John hunting on horseback, from a 14th-century manuscript. This loss of the castle was only temporary, however — it was later restored to the Bigods.
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