Sunday, 20 March 2011

The tale of two castles.

We have often thought that the castle at Montrichard on the banks of the Cher river reminded us of where we used to live in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The castle at Montrichard was built in 1010 by Fulk III (972 – 21 June 1040), called Nerra (that is, le Noir, "the Black") after his death. According to wikipedia he was not a pleasant character.

Clitheroe Castle was possibly built around 1086 by Robert de Lacy as an administrative centre for his estates in the area. In 1095, Robert de Lacy forfeited all his estates for aiding the rebellion in favour of Stephen of Aumale, grandson of Duke Robert the Second, against William I. It consists of one of the smallest keeps in the country. 
Interesting times these with the links between England and France and an area I would love to explore more about time permitting. We have never been around the castle at Montrichard so we will put it on the list of things to do.

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