Carisbrooke Castle 12
Medium: Photographic print
Carisbrooke Castle, the Norman stone motte and bailey fortress, is situated atop a Roman fort at Castle Hill, about one mile south-west of Newport.
"The Castle was laid siege to by the French in 1377. The first noble prisoner was the Earl of Warwick, in connection with the Fitzalan conspiracy (Richard II).
The main later additions to the Norman Castle were made in the time of Elizabeth, in consequence of the expected descent of the Spanish Armada, in the shape of 'outworks faced with stone, and strengthened by five bastions - the whole of an irregular pentagonal form, circumscribing about twenty acres, and defended by a deep ditch.' An Italian, Genebella, constructed them on the plan of those at Antwerp."
Text from 'Norman May's Guide to the Isle of Wight'.