Berkhamsted Castle Trust

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Berkhamsted Castle Trust has been established by local volunteers, with the support and encouragement of English Heritage, to promote education about the history and significance of Berkhamsted Castle and those connected with it, and to assist English Heritage with the visitor experience and site preservation & maintenance.

Berkhamsted is the location where, in early December 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, accepted the surrender of the English nobles following the Battle of Hastings and became “the Conqueror”. The town benefitted from William’s immediate construction of the castle which, in later years, was occupied variously by (amongst others) Edward the Black Prince, Archbishop Thomas Becket, Geoffrey Chaucer and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (mother of Edward IV and Richard III, and who died at the castle in 1495). The castle was also given as a wedding gift to three of Henry VIII's wives. The castle site is now a scheduled ancient monument (List Entry No.: 1010756).

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