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Saffron Walden Castle (Saffron Walden)

Saffron Walden Castle is today only a ruin, although it would once have dominated the delightful Essex town of Saffron Walden.

In Church Street stand the flint walls of the kepp, dating back to the 11th century, in the early years of the Norman period.

Geoffrey de Mandeville is recorded as being the Lord of the Manor in Domesday, and it was he who built the castle.

His grandson, also Geoffrey, had to forfeit this castle and the one at Pleshey, having fought for Matilda against Stephen.

It was crenellated in 1347, by which time it was probably a domestic dwelling.

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