Chester was an early castle which was probably built in or before 1070 when William the Conqueror took the city during a Saxon-Welsh revolt against his rule.  It is to be presumed that a motte was an early feature of this castle, but only the low hill in the picture above now remains of this if it existed.  During the twelfth century a curtain wall is said to have been added around the inner ward and the Flag and Agricola towers built.  In 1237 the castle passed to the Crown and much work was done here by both Henry III (1216-72) and his son Edward I (1272-1307).  The castle was twice attacked in the English Civil War.


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