WOLVESEY CASTLE

Hampshire

Wolvesey Castle, Hampshire

A Palace stood here in Saxon times. This was converted into a Castle early in the Norman period, probably by Henry de Blois around 1129. The keep was besieged by Matilda’s forces during the Anarchy. Henry II confiscated the lands of the Bishops of Winchester in 1155 and slighted Wolvesey Castle. Repairs were undertaken by 1171. In 1216 Prince Louis besieged the Castle. In 1554 Mary I and Philip of Spain were married at Winchester Cathedral and held their wedding feast in Wolvesey Castle which by then was becoming more Palace than Castle. There were brief skirmishes here during the Civil War, but the action was more concentrated at Winchester Castle.

Wolvesey continued to be the residence of the Bishops of Winchester until 1684 when Bishop Morley built the nearby manor house which is there residence today. The mid-15th century chapel was built into Morley's mansion, but the remainder was left to fall to ruin.

Winchester's other Castle is Winchester Castle.

Wolvesey Castle is owned by English Heritage and is open throughout the summer.

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