17 Nov

  • By jerryw

Year 5 this autumn term are researching Glorious Gloucester during medieval times. They have been on trip to visit Berkeley castle to learn how the rich Barons lived during the middle ages

Berkeley Castle, is an ancient fortress home. The Berkeley family  have lived in the castle since their ancestor, Robert Fitzharding, completed the Keep in the late 12th Century; a wealthy provost of Bristol who was awarded the Castle by Henry II, the then Duke of Anjou.

The Castle is one of the March Castles, built to keep out the Welsh.

It has all the trappings to match: trip steps designed to make the enemy stumble during an assault, arrow slits, murder holes, enormous barred doors, slots where the portcullis once fell, and worn stones where sentries stood guard.

Since that time there is not much of Britain ‘s history that has passed Berkeley Castle by.

Did You Know Berkeley Has Connections With the Following?

The murder of King Edward II notoriously took place here in 1327.

The Barons of the West gathered at Berkeley before setting out to the momentous meeting with King John at Runnymede at which the Magna Carta was signed.

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