Nottingham Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle, and also as a Certain Palace (Royal)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameNottingham Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottingham; City of
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishNottingham

Medieval motte and bailey castle. Built in 1068, excavations indicate that it was strengthed with a curtain wall 1184-7 and that a round tower was constructed circa 1250. It became one of the four principal English castles, and the main castle in the North Midlands. Extensive restoration was carried out from 1560-70 but it fell into disrepair during the reign of James 1 (1603-25). In 1651 all fortifications were demolished bar the gatehouse and the base of Edward IVs tower, and the site was cleared in 1674. A mansion was built on the site and is now used as a museum and art gallery. It is believed to be on the site of a possible Iron Age promontory fort. Scheduled. (PastScape)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK569395
Latitude52.950569152832
Longitude-1.15389001369476
Eastings456900
Northings339500
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Books

  • Roffe, David, 2015, 'Tale of Two Towns and Two Castles: Nottingham and Wallingford Compared' in Keats-Rohan K.S.B., Christie, Neil, and David Roffe (eds), Wallingford: The Castle and the Town in Context (Oxford: Archaeopress BAR British series 621) p. 194-199
  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) passim
  • Purton, P.F., 2009, A History of the Early Medieval Siege c. 450-1220 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press) p. 320 (1194 siege)
  • Wright, James, 2008, Castles of Nottinghamshire (Nottinghamshire County Council) p. 69
  • Thurley, Simon, 2004, Lost Buildings of Britain (Viking)
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 92-6
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 288
  • Drage, C.J., 1999 (2edn; 1edn pub 1990), Nottingham Castle: A Place Full Royal (Nottingham: Nottingham Civic Society and The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire)
  • Hamilton, A., 1999, Nottingham's Royal Castle and Ducal Palace (Nottingham Civic Society)
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 202
  • Thurley, Simon, 1993, The Royal Palaces of Tudor England (Yale University Press) p. 4, 10, 18, 19, 23, 35, 74
  • Smith, Michael E., 1992, Castles and Manor Houses in and around Derbyshire (Derby)
  • Drage, C., 1987, 'Urban castles' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 117-32 online copy
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 380-1
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 269
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson, 1979, Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (London) p. 130-1
  • Colvin, H.M., Ransome, D.R. and Summerson, John, 1975, The history of the King's Works Vol. 3: 1485-1660 (part 1) (London) p. 283-6
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 262
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 755-65
  • Armitage, Ella, 1912, The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles (London: John Murray) p. 176-8 online copy
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Stevenson, W., 1906, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Nottinghamshire Vol. 1 p. 291-3 online copy
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 454-9 online copy
  • Clark, G.T., 1884, Mediaeval Military Architecture in England (Wyman and Sons) Vol. 2 p. 336 online copy
  • Brown, c. 1878, Historical Sketch of Nottingham Castle (Nottingham)
  • Hine, 1876, Nottingham, its Castle etc. (London)
  • Timbs, J. and Gunn, A., 1872, Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England and Wales Vol. 3 (London) p. 33-6 online copy

Antiquarian

  • Speed, John, 1611-12, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain online copy
  • Camden, Wm, 1607, Britannia hypertext critical edition by Dana F. Sutton (2004)
  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England (Sutton Publishing) p. 355-6
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 95-6 online copy
  • Celia Fiennes, 1888, Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary (London: Field and Tuer, The Leadenhall Press) Vision of Britain online transcription

Journals

  • 2015 Sept, 'Nottingham Castle' Castle Studies Group Bulletin Vol. 20 p. 14 (news report of archaeological investigation)
  • Speight, Sarah, 2008, ''Castles as Past Culture: Living with Castles in the Post-Medieval World' Cha^teau Gaillard Vol. 23 p. 385-94
  • Marshall, P., 2006, 'Three urban castles and their communities in the east midlands: Lincoln, Nottingham and Newark' Château Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 259-65
  • Foulds, T., 2004, ' 'Old road into the park': Nottingham Castle, Stamford Hill and William Stretton' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 108 p. 125-42
  • Kinsley, Gavin, 2003, 'Recent Archaeological Work on the Medieval Castle at Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 107 p. 83-94
  • Foulds, Trevor, 1991, 'The siege of Nottingham Castle in 1194' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 95 p. 20-28 online copy
  • Harfield, C.G., 1991, 'A Hand-list of Castles Recorded in the Domesday Book' English Historical Review Vol. 106 p. 371-392 view online copy (subscription required)
  • Drage, C.J., 1989, 'Nottingham Castle: A Place Full Royal' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 93 (entire volume)
  • Thompson, M.W., 1986, 'Associated monasteries and castles in the Middle Ages: a tentative list' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 143 p. 314
  • Drage, C.J., 1983, 'Nottingham Castle' Château Gaillard Vol. 11 p. 117–27
  • Youngs, S.M. and Clark, J., 1982, 'Medieval Britain in 1981' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 26 p. 202-3 download copy
  • Drage, C.J., 1981, 'Nottingham Castle: the gatehouse of the outer bailey' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 85 p. 48-55
  • Drage, C.J., 1979-80, 'Nottingham Castle' CBA Newsletter and Calendar Vol. 3 p. 136
  • Webster, L.E. and Cherry, J., 1979, 'Medieval Britain in 1978' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 23 p. 262 download copy
  • MacCormick, A., 1978, 'Recent Archaeological work in Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vo82 p. 74-5
  • Young, C.S.B., 1978, 'Nottingham' East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin Vol. 12 p. 44-6
  • Drage, C.J., 1978, 'Nottingham Castle' East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin Vol. 12 p. 46
  • Drage, C.J., 1978, 'Excavations at Nottingham Castle, 1976-8; an interim report' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 82 p. 72-3
  • Webster, L.E. and Cherry, J., 1978, 'Medieval Britain in 1977' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 22 p. 169 download copy
  • Drage, C.J., 1977-8, 'Nottingham Castle' CBA Newsletter and Calendar Vol. 1 p. 116
  • Webster, L.E. and Cherry, J., 1977, 'Medieval Britain in 1976' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 21 p. 235, 238 download copy
  • Renn, D.F., 1964, 'The first Norman Castles in England 1051-1071' Château Gaillard Vol. 1 p. 125-132
  • Brown, R. Allen, 1959, 'A List of Castles, 1154–1216' English Historical Review Vol. 74 p. 249-280 (Reprinted in Brown, R. Allen, 1989, Castles, conquest and charters: collected papers (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 90-121) view online copy (subscription required)
  • Brown, R. Allen, 1955, 'Royal Castle-building in England 1154-1216' English Historical Review Vol. 70 (Reprinted in Brown, R. Allen, 1989, Castles, conquest and charters: collected papers (Woodbridge: Boydell Press)) p. 19-64
  • Gregory, F.W.C., 1944, 'The plan of the medieval castle at Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 48 p. 1-31
  • 1937, Thoroton Society, Excavation Section Vol. 1 p. 6-11
  • Dobson, F.W., 1909, 'Nottingham Castle. Recent Explorations and some Historical Notes' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 13
  • 1904, Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 8 p. 39-41 online copy
  • Dobson, F.W., 1904 July 18, Nottinghamshire Guardian
  • Dobson, F.W., 1903 Oct 31, Nottinghamshire Guardian
  • Hope, W.H.St J., 1903, 'English Fortresses and Castles of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 60 p. 87 online copy
  • Green, Emanuel, 1901 Dec, 'A History of Nottingham Castle' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 58 p. 365-97 online copy
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 210 online copy
  • Hine, 1887, Association of Architectural Societies Vol. 19 p. 32-42
  • Hine, 1864, Association of Architectural Societies Vol. 7 p. 186-94

Guide Books

  • Sheffield, J., 1984, Nottingham Castle (Privately published)
  • Hamilton, A., 1980, Nottingham’s royal castle (Nottingham: Nottingham Civic Society)
  • Briscoe and Lever, 1888, Nottingham Castle (Nottingham)
  • Gill, Harry, 1904, A Short History of Nottingham Castle online transcription

Primary Sources

  • 1086, Domesday Book online copy
  • Ingram, James, (ed) 1912, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Everyman Press, London) Worcester Chronicle AD1067 view online transcription (Ingram's translation and notes date from 1823. More recent translations of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles should be consulted for serious study)
  • le Prevost, A. (ed), 1840, Orderici Vitalis, Historiae Ecclesiaticae Vol. 2 p. 184, 185 online copy
  • Hardy, T.D. (ed), 1833, Rotuli litterarum clausarum in turri Londinensi asservati (Record Commission) Vol. 1 p. 153
  • Cole, H. (ed), 1844, Document illustrative of English history in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries (London) p. 235 online copy
  • Rickard, John, 2002, The Castle Community. The Personnel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422 (Boydell Press) (lists sources for 1272-1422) p. 380-2
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1907, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry VI (1436-41) Vol. 3 p. 121 (Commission to repair) online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1908, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry VI (1441-46) Vol. 4 p. online copy
  • C145/68(26) (Survey of 1308) The National Archives reference (calendared in Maxwell Lyte, H.C., 1916, Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery), preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.) Vol. 2 p. 7 No. 26 [online copy > https://archive.org/stream/calendarofinqu02grea#page/7/mode/1up])
  • C145/101(12) (Survey of 1326) The National Archives reference (calendared in Maxwell Lyte, H.C., 1916, Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery), preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.) Vol. 2 p. No. [online copy > https://archive.org/stream/calendarofinqu02grea#page/220/mode/1up])
  • Belvoir Castle archives (Survey of 1591)
  • E101/477/18 (Survey of 27 Edward I) The National Archives reference
  • E178/1783 (Survey of 17 Elizabeth) The National Archives reference
  • SC11/12 (Survey of 16 Henry VIII) The National Archives reference
  • SP14/49/82 (Survey of 1609) The National Archives reference

Other

  • Fradley, Michael, 2011, The Old in the New: Urban Castle Imposition in Anglo-Norman England, AD1050-1150 (University of Exeter PhD Thesis) available via EThOS