Hedingham Castle may occupy the site of an earlier castle believed to have been built in the late 11th or early 12th century by Aubrey de Vere I, a Norman baron. Matilda, wife of King Stephen, died at Castle Hedingham on May 3 1152 The castle was besieged twice, in 1216 and 1217, during the dispute between King John, rebel barons, and the French prince.
The best preserved Norman keep in the UK, it was built by Aubrey de Vere in the late twelfth century. My ancestors were born here for hundreds of years. It was also home to the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere.
Hedingham Castle, Essex, England, is a motte and bailey castle and stone keep built in the 11th and 12th centuries by Aubrey de Vere I, II, and III. Aubrey I awarded many estates by William the Conqueror upon conquest of England. Aubrey de Vere II was the second Lord Great Chamberlin of England and the de Veres held the hereditary title until 1625. Aubrey I and II my 28th and 29th Great Grandfathers.
Naworth Castle in Cumbria near Brampton.It was the seat of the Barons Dacre & their descendants.Currently occupied by Philip Howard,brother/heir presumptive of the 13th Earl of Carlisle.The castle is thought to have late 13th-century origins,in the form of a square keep and bailey.It was first mentioned in 1323.In 1335 a licence to crenellate was granted to Ralph Dacre.Residential quarters were added in the 16th century by Thomas,Lord Dacre.The Castle has a well-preserved priest hole.