Delving into the History of Newark Castle
The historic and picturesque town of Newark is located just off the A1 on the Eastside of Nottinghamshire and is frequented by tourists and locals alike due to its many heritage attractions and things to do. This friendly, welcoming town has ample hotels and bed and breakfasts for an overnight stay.
Possibly the most popular of Newark’s attractions is Newark Castle, a now-ruin steeped in history.
This ancient Castle has had many nicknames over the years, including ‘Guardian of the Trent’, ‘Gateway to the North’ or simply ‘The Old Grey Lady’. The Castle previously stood as a
Saxon fortified manor but was replaced after 1073 when a motte and bailey earthworks Castle was built by Bishop Robert Bloet.
The Castle was famed for its role in the English Civil War, where it stood as a Royalist Stronghold, Loyal to the King.
Unfortunately, Newark Castle’s key position on the banks of the River Trent for nearly 900 years meant that the Castle has been severely damaged over the years. During the Baronial Wars and the English Civil War, its walls withstood five sieges but suffered considerably from the damage sustained during these periods of unrest.
Although most of the Castle walls were destroyed, the Manor of Newark and the Castle were protected by Queen Henrietta Maria until her death in 1669.
The Castle was under a new threat to become a stone quarry in 1648, after Colonel Thomas Howard tried to get the lease. He was denied and reapplied in 1667 but thankfully his request was denied and Newark Castle remained as a stunning landmark.
Sadly now, only one and a half sides of the Castle remains, which includes the oldest part of the Castle, a large gatehouse.
It is easy to see how magnificent Newark Castle would have looked in its former glory as even as a ruin it still maintains a sense of grandeur.
The Castle is complemented by a recent refurbishment to the gardens between the walls, which have been recreated to look like a glorious Victorian garden and was recently award the prestigious Green Flag award due to its high standards.
Castle tours take place at 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Castle is free to visit and open daily. Find out more from the Newark Tourist Information Centre.