We all know of Nottingham Castle, perched high on its rocky hill overlooking the city. It was the lair of the wicked Sheriff, and has legendary connections with Robin Hood. It also has amazing caves through which Mortimer escaped, and that “It was from Nottingham Castle that news was announced to the people of England that second half of the reign of Edward IV had begun”. It was also where Richard III and Anne heard the tragic news of their son’s death, and where the widowed Richard stationed himself while awaiting Henry Tudor’s invasion.
The original castle’s actual appearance is not known, but it is believed to have looked like the illustration above, and perhaps more accurately like this:-
The castle as it was known to these great historical figures has disappeared, of course, and became instead:-
Then this incarnation was burned down in riots in 1831:-
The castle was rebuilt, but is now to be “renovated” again, although I do not know how much of its appearance will change. If anything. At the moment it is covered in scaffolding and hidden behind plastic sheets.
What will emerge from this cocoon? The suspense is awful, but we must wait until 2020 to see the eventual butterfly. I haven’t been able to find any satisfactory illustrations of the glamorous new wings that will unfold.
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As I live not far from Nottingham, I know they’re moving the visitor centre and finally joining up the caves to the castle too.