History of Norwich Castle. From around 1067 the Normans demolished at least 98 Saxon homes in Norwich to make way for the castle earthworks within which they built a wooden fort, surrounded by deep defensive dry ditches. Once the land had settled, work was begun on the stone keep in 1094 by King William (Rufus) II.
Kable-Holmes links to William the Conqueror
Norwich Castle was founded by William the Conqueror some time between 1066 and 1075. It originally took the form of a motte and bailey (Historic England, “Norwich Castle (132268)”). Early in 1067, William the Conqueror embarked on a campaign to subjugate East Anglia, and according to military historian R. Allen Brown it was probably around this time that Norwich Castle was founded (Allen Brown 1976, p. 31).
One Kable-Holmes researcher has traced their family line back to William Conqueror. (family tree to be added).
Norwich Castle Gaol has since 1894 transformed into a museum.
Kable-Holmes remembered in Norwich Castle display
An item on display at Norwich Castle Museum, which recognises two of its most famous prisoners and their new born baby, was photographed by one of their descendants, when they visited the Castle.