Bedford {Castle|Citadel|Fort|Fortress}

Bedford {Castle|Citadel|Fort|Fortress}

Owing to the defeat of Bedford {Castle|Citadel|Fort|Fortress} – ruined as early as 1224 – there {are no|are not any|aren’t any} castles in Bedfordshire with any masonry remnants, if we {leave out|omit|miss|pass over} the late medieval brick {ruin|damage|wreck|spoil|destroy|break|smash} of Someries. {Nevertheless|However|Nonetheless}, the county does {maintain|keep|preserve} some {excellent|wonderful|glorious} motte and bailey castles, {such as|similar to|corresponding to|comparable to|akin to|reminiscent of|resembling|equivalent to} Cainhoe and Yelden.

Bedford was {one of the|one of many} burghs carrying weapons {against|towards|in opposition to} the Danes by King Edward the Elder, Alfred the {Great|Nice}’s son. {It is|It’s} {probable|possible} that this county {town|city} was saddled with a {castle|citadel|fort|fortress} in {next|subsequent} to no time subsequent to the Norman Conquest, {but|however} {there is no|there isn’t a|there isn’t any|there is no such thing as a} {actual|precise} {evidence|proof} {of one|of 1} {until|till} {around|round} 1130, when Payn de Beauchamp held it. In 1138, when besieged by King Stephen, its {strong|robust|sturdy} {keep|maintain|hold|preserve} and curtain are {mentioned|talked about}, the implication being that they {were|have been|had been} already of stone.

{For the duration of|During|Throughout|All through|In the course of|At some stage in|At some point of} the Magna Carta {war|struggle|warfare|conflict|battle} the {castle|citadel|fort|fortress} was seized by Fawkes de Breaute {and became|and have become} {the base|the bottom} for that {notorious|infamous} baron’s misdeeds {against|towards|in opposition to} his neighbors. In 1224 he overreached himself by abducting {one of the|one of many} King’s justiciars and holding him prisoner here. The {young|younger} Henry III responded by laying siege to the {castle|citadel|fort|fortress} in {person|individual|particular person}, bringing with him a tall siege tower, {powerful|highly effective} catapults and a contingent of miners to tunnel beneath the curtain.

{Every|Each} {obstacle|impediment} was one after {another|one other} battered down or undermined, and when the {keep|maintain|hold|preserve} fell the garrison {had to|needed to} admit defeat. {A number of|Numerous|A variety of|Quite a few|Various|Quite a lot of|A lot of|Plenty of} them {were|have been|had been} hanged {but|however} De Breaute himself obtained a pardon. The King ordered {the total|the entire|the whole|the full|the overall} destruction of the {castle|citadel|fort|fortress}, {as a result of|because of|on account of} which the {walls|partitions} {were|have been|had been} demolished and ditches {filled|crammed|stuffed} in. {Only|Solely} the oval motte {remains|stays}, {near|close to} the bridge {across|throughout} the River Ouse, and even this has been truncated. {The site|The location|The positioning}, {however|nevertheless|nonetheless}, is freely accessible to {the public|the general public} and {is a good|is an effective|is an efficient} {stop|cease} {on your|in your} {castle|citadel|fort|fortress} tour.