Originally a motte and bailey castle built c.1088 by Roger of Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury. His son
inherited Arundel and its estates soon after 1094. In 1097 Robert a noted military engineer and skilful artificer for William II (Rufus) would possible have began transforming the wooden tower into a stone shell keep, although some historians believe this to be of a later date c.1130.
After Robert’s expulsion from England in 1103, Arundel became crown property.
After the death of King Henry I in 1135, the property came into the hands of William d’Aubigny who in 1143 became the 1st Earl of Arundel.
In 1380, it is thought that Thomas fitzAlan, 5th Earl of Arundel, directed the renowned engineer and master mason Henry Yeveley to take charge of work on the great hall and other parts of the castle.
Today the castle remains the principal seat of the 18th Duke of Norfolk.
Most of the castle and its extensive grounds are open to the public.
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