Rising is one of the most important twelfth century castles in England.
stone keep, with particularly fine arcading and embellishments on
the fore building was built around 1140, by William D'Albini
to show is increased importance on his marriage to Alice of Louvain,
widow of Henry I.
Although the main section of the roof no longer exists the walls
are fully intact and some of the rooms are in near perfect condition.
with the massive earthworks, reaching in some places to 120 ft high
ensures that Rising is a castle of national interest.
its time Castle Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence
and for a brief time in the eighteenth century even housed a mental
most famous period in its history was when it was home to
Queen Isabella the mother of Edward III, following her part in the
murder of her husband, Edward II.
Records show that she was visited at Castle Ring on a number of
occasions by her son Edward III. After Isabella's death the Castle
was used as a hunting lodge by the Black Prince who spent considerable
sums on restoration and improvement.
castle passed to the Howard family in 1544 and it remains in their
hands today, the current owner being a descendant of William D'Albini
courtesy Castle Rising.