Kings and knights trod these passages!
Constructed between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II, this castle has performed its role of a defense against invasion even in the 20th century. During WW2 there was a big gun aimed out over the English Channel in case of Nazi assault by sea. Fortunately for us, it is available to spend a couple of hours touring and absorbing history.
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Seen from the roof of Orford Castle.
In the background, across the River Alde is Orford Ness where the radio transmission towers can be seen. Beyond the Ness is the English Channel.
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Viewed from the River Alde.
Transport to and from the Orford Ness radio transmitting station is by WW2 landing craft. This is the view that presents itself as you approach the town of Orford by water on the return trip.
The castle was built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II in an effort to consolidate royal power in the Suffolk region. During WW2 a big gun was mounted on the roof of the castle to guard against invasion from the English Channel. Some of the hardware is still there.
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Across the River Alde and Orford Ness one can see the English Channel.
The top of Orford Castle has served as a defensive position since the late 1100s. Even during WW2 there was a big gun stationed there to guard against invasion by the Nazis- some of the mounting hardware is still there.
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