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HIGH ON ITS ROCKY PROMONTORY STANDS MONT ORGUEIL CASTLE, NORMAN STRONGHOLD THAT BECAME TUDOR FORTRESS

HIGH ON ITS ROCKY PROMONTORY STANDS MONT ORGUEIL CASTLE, NORMAN STRONGHOLD THAT BECAME TUDOR FORTRESS

Standing on a projecting headland of rock at the northern end of Grouville Bay, Mont Orgueil Castle is Jersey's finest monument of the Middle Ages. The record tells us that, as the Castellum de Gurrit, the building was begun in the tenth century by the Dukes of Normandy, and after William had annexed England the work was continued by that monarch and a long line of successors, until the Norman castle grew into a Tudor stronghold. For a while it was known as Gouray Castle, after the little village seaport of Gorey that nestles at its base; but it has been Mont Orgueil since it received this title from the Duke of Clarence, son of warlike Henry IV. The drawbridge at the entrance was recently replaced.

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