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Nottingham Castle - Mortimer's Hole
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1067: William the Conqueror erects a wooden castle on the rock

1170: Stone castle constructed by Henry II

1649: The castle is demolished after Charles I's execution

1663: The first duke of Newcastle constructs the palace seen today

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Mortimer's Hole is a 98 metre long man-made tunnel that takes you from the foot of castle rock up to the Upper Bailey in the castle grounds.

It is named after Roger Mortimer.

On the night of 19th October 1330 one of the most dramatic events in the history of the castle took place when the supporters of 15 year old King Edward III entered the castle through a secret passage - now named Mortimer's Hole.

They captured Queen Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer, who had usurped the young King and were ruling England in his place.

Mortimer was taken to London where he was executed.

Mortimer's Hole was probably used as a food shute in medieval times.

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