Carisbrook castle 23.i
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Carisbrook Castle in the Isle of Wight. It was the Norman William FitzOsbourne who built a wooden castle on this site in the 11th century. He built on top of earlier Saxon fortifications taking advantage of the foundations already in place and stopping the Saxons from using their defences against the invading Normans. Carisbrook castle became a royal castle in 1078 when Fitzosbern’s son joined a rebellion against the King and all his lands were confiscated in punishment. The land was given to the de Redvers family who became Lords of the Island and it is they who built the stone castle here in the 13th century. At this time it was the only castle defending the Isle of Wight and it was said that ‘He who held Carisbrook, held the Island’.