Norwich Castle: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Norwich Castle.

Norwich Castle

  • In 1549, Robert Kett was hanged at Norwich Castle for his key role in the Norfolk Rebellion (Kett’s Rebellion).
  • A 1970s archaeological excavation revealed that the Norman castle had been built on the site of a Saxon cemetery.
  • Norwich Castle was the only major royal castle in east Anglia until the Orford Castle was built in the 12th century.
  • In the 1173-1174 revolt against King Henry II, Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, captured Norwich Castle.
  • From 1220, Norwich Castle was used as a gaol. It was used for this purpose until 1887.
  • The original inner and outer bailey buildings survive today. The original keep still remains, but it has been substantially repaired and refaced.
  • Today Norwich Castle is a museum and art gallery. The building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  • More than 100,000 people visit the museum every year.
  • The museum is home to a collection of more than 3000 ceramic teapots.

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