Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

FOTHERINGHAY CASTLE


FOTHERINGHAY CASTLE
Photo Gregg Archer

The 11th century motte on the bank of the River Nene is still 20 feet high and 200 feet in diameter and surrounded by a deep ditch. In the 14th century a stone shell keep was constructed on it but only a few fallen stones remain. It was used as a State prison as well as a Royal palace and in 1586 Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in the castle and was then executed herethe next year. The castle was abandoned in about 1630 and by the beginning of the 18th Century all of its walls and buildings were demolished.


Photo Gregg Archer Photo Gregg Archer Photo Gregg Archer

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
10 miles south west of Peterborough, off the A605.
Fotheringhay, Northants PE8 5HZ

 



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