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Why was a castle built and maintained in York?

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Why was a castle built and maintained in York?

York castle has been standing since the beginning of the middle ages. It began as a simple, wooden Motte and bailey castle, gradually developing into a much stronger stone Motte and bailey.

There are so many reasons why York castle was actually built and why it is still standing to this day. William the Conqueror famously invaded England in 1066 in the battle of Hastings; he then became king on Christmas day the same year. He gradually moved his way through England building Motte and Bailey castles in important locations, which is the reason York castle stands today, due to William wanting to solidify his power. In this essay I will explain in depth why York castle was actually built and maintained. The essay will analyse the location, power and overall reason for York castle to be built.

Before the 1066 battle of Hastings, York was already a highly important place which because of its good long term background William had to control but was well outnumbered in England being only roughly 10,000 of his Normans to around 1-2 million others. This is why William needed to

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