Soon after the battle of Hastings, Aubrey de Vere, one of William the Conqueror’s favoured knights was, like many other Norman supporters, given lands including the land on which this castle stands.

His son, Aubrey II. began building a stone towered Keep at Hedingham c.1140 using the services of Theobold the Archbishop of Canterbury as his engineer (architect) in charge of the work.

Aubrey III was created Ist Earl of Oxford by Queen Matilda in July 1141.

The castle has remained the stronghold of the de Veres and is still owned by a descendant.

The Norman towered keep with its magnificent banqueting hall and minstrels’ gallery is all that remain of this great medieval castle and its later extensive Tudor buildings.

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