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Norwich siegework

In the civil parish of Norwich.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TG23190853
Latitude 52.62840° Longitude 1.29604°

Norwich siegework has been described as a Siege Work although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Renn records a siege castle, now destroyed, built in 1074.

All that certain history has to tell of this siege of Norwich Castle, is that De Guader left it in the hands of his countess and knights, the names of the latter not being given; that they were attacked by the king's forces under the leaders named in the text, armed with all the mechanical inventions of the day; that the countess held it for three months, and gave it up on the terms related through lack of provisions; and that she rejoined her husband in Brittany. Why he had not appeared to relieve his castle is not recorded. These details may be found in Orderic Vitalis, Matthew Paris, Florence of Worcester, the Chronicles of Worcester and Peterborough, and in all modern historians who deal with the period, perhaps the best account being that of Freeman in the fourth volume of his Norman Conquest a work abounding in interest and spirited description. (Blake, 1893, p. 349)


The siege is normally now corrected to 1075. As far as I can tell the chronicles do not mention a siege castle and Gatehouse does not know to what Renn was referring. Possibly he meant the motte at the Bishops Palace.
Given map reference is for Norwich Castle, which is the one place this siege castle definitely was not although if it existed it must have been close.
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