Horsham in West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
An Early Norman Castle Site near Horsham
a 900 year old fortified hunting lodge
Today it is just bumps in the ground. Back then it was the home for the Lords who owned Horsham to go out hunting. It had a wooden tower and a moat or ditch. They hunted for deer, wild pigs (boar), hares and birds to eat. It only lasted for around 50 years.
In nearby Horsham, a small thriving hamlet, the recently arrived Norman lords, the De Braose family, settled in to their manor house at Chesworth.
Their main home was Bramber Castle, but they liked this area for its hunting, a sport that the Norman aristocracy were passionate about. So either William, or his son Phillip, decided to build a hunting lodge circa 1110. However, this was no normal lodge; it was fortified, possibly to dominate the recently conquered land. It is believed that the castle was occupied by William's nephew, William de Chernella, whose name has been retained in the brook and farm.
This site was discovered in 1935 by Hugh Braun who saw it from the train. It is unusual in that it follows a continental design, hardly found elsewhere in Britain. The castle was made from timber with a dry moat. Later a stream would be diverted to fill
By 1160 the castle had been deliberately destroyed. This could be linked to the Treaty of Wallingford in 1154 when, in order to obtain peace in the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, a number of smaller castles were destroyed. Soon after this a farmhouse was built near the site of the castle, still exists today.
Location. 51° 5.127′ N, 0° 18.298′ W. Marker is in Horsham, England, in West Sussex. Marker is at the intersection of Lemmington Way and Petworth Drive, on the right when traveling west on Lemmington Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Horsham, England RH12 5JH, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rusper War Memorial (approx. 4.5 kilometers away); Newdigate War Memorial (approx. 8.9 kilometers away); Keymer and Clayton War Memorial (approx. 21.9 kilometers away); Ditchling War Memorial (approx. 22.5 kilometers away).
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.