|The Earls of Oxford were great crusaders and Aubrey, 2nd Earl fought with Richard Coeur de Lion and Robert, 3rd Earl was one of the barons who forced King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. The following year Hedingham Castle was besieged by King John, and again by the Dauphin of France in 1217. The de Veres were commanders throughout history and featured at the Siege of Caerlaverock and the famous battles of Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt and Bosworth. John, 15th Earl took part in the Battle of the Spurs and accompanied King Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, and as Lord|
Great Chamberlain bore the crown at Anne Boleyn's coronation. John, 16th Earl escorted young Elizabeth from Hatfield to London for her coronation in 1559 and his wife Margery became her maid of honour. In 1561 Queen Elizabeth I aged twenty-eight stayed at Hedingham from August 14th-19th, and Edward,17th Earl, became one of her favourites and was acclaimed to be the best of the courtier poets.
At this point be are about to walk across the now dry moat to enter the keep (all that is left of the castle)
Passing some birds of prey
As in most castles the walls are so thick there has to be steps up to the 'windows'
Lots of visual information in all areas
lavatory - filled with aromatic herbs
Looking down into the Banqueting Hall from the Minstrel's Gallery containing the largest arch in Norman domestic architecture
The Pecking order of the Falconry on the way in
How the keep would have looked
The top floor
children come here to study
On leaving we shall be walking around the lovely village where we will have lunch in the next post
It is September so nice reminders of Summer