Hadleigh Castle, Hadleigh

#8 of 62 in Historic Sites in Essex
Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Hadleigh Castle is a ruined fortification in the English county of Essex, overlooking the Thames Estuary from south of the town of Hadleigh. Built after 1215 during the reign of Henry III by Hubert de Burgh, the castle was surrounded by parkland and had an important economic and defensive role. The castle was significantly expanded and remodelled by Edward III, who turned it into a grander property, designed to defend against a potential French attack, as well as to provide the King with a convenient private residence close to London. Built on a soft hill of London clay, the castle has often been subject to subsidence; this, combined with the sale of its stonework in the 16th century, has led to it now being ruined. The remains are now preserved by English Heritage and protected under UK law as a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument.
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  • Although free there is an opportunity to donate online, worth doing. Spectacular views over the Thames estuary and you get a hint of what the castle would have looked like in its heyday.  more »
  • Easily reached interesting area with wonderful views over the Thames Estuary to the Kentish Coast. If you visit Hadleigh Country Park, leave your vehicle there and walk across the downs via the...  more »
  • Head down here on as sunny day and you will not be disappointed. Very nice location with old ruins of the castle. A picnic would be good.
  • picturesque ruins with awesome view over the Thames. great place for a picnic. free access. free parking. tea room near by. don't confuse with hadleigh county park

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