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  Berkeley
BERKELEY, a parish in the hundred of Berkeley, in the county of Gloucester, 16 miles from Gloucester, 113 from London, is divided into the borough of Berkeley, the tithings of Alkington, Breadstone, Ham, Hamfallow, Hinton, and the chapelry of Stone.
Maurice, the son of Robert, was the first of the Fitzhardinges that dwelt at Berkeley, of which place he assumed the name, and fortified the castle, which is situated on an eminence close to the town, and commands an extensive view of the Severn and the neighbouring country.
That on the north, which is the highest part of the castle, was rebuilt in the reign of Edward II, and is called Thorpe's Tower, a family of that name holding their manor by the tenure of ‘castle guard,’ it being their duty to guard this tower when required.
www.oldtowns.co.uk /Gloucestershire/berkeley.htm   (1677 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle - The Castle
Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture in the country.
Where other Castles were romanticised or "modernised" by the Georgians or the Victorians, Berkeley quietly survived as what it is: a Norman fortress with an enclosing curtain wall, built and enlarged through the mediaeval period and beyond into a secure, comfortable, substantial home.
Outside, the castle is surrounded by terraced gardens and overlooks the green fields of the Berkeley Vale.
www.berkeley-castle.com /castle.html   (1036 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle - West Virginia
Berkeley Castle is no longer open to the public.
Berkeley Castle, a century-old West Virginia landmark where Suit's restless spirit is said to roam and occasionally engage in mischief, was claimed at auction yesterday for $360,125 by self-proclaimed ghost chasers.
The new incarnation for Berkeley Castle should generate the most excitement between its walls since Rosa Suit, by then a widow, threw lavish parties around the turn of the century en route to burning through her inheritance.
www.prairieghosts.com /berkeley.html   (798 words)

  
 History of Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Maurice, the son of Robert, was the first of the FitzHardinges that dwelt at Berkeley, of which place he assumed the name, and fortified the Castle, which is placed on an eminence close to the town and commands an extensive view of the Severn and the neighbouring country.
The then Lord Berkeley was acquitted of any active participation in the measures which caused the death of the King; but shortly afterwards he entertained Queen Isabella and her paramour, Mortimer, at the Castle.
In the Civil Wars of Charles I, the Castle was garrisoned on the side of the King and kept all the surrounding country in awe.
www.britannia.com /history/castles/berkeley.html   (1420 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle
He marched with a procession of his monks to Berkeley, and demanded the body of the king; threw over it a fl velvet pall with the arms of the abbey embroidered on it, and bore it off, singing with the monks the dirge for the dead.
In the civil wars Berkeley was garrisoned for Charles, and kept the adjoining country in awe, but it was at last besieged by the army of the Commonwealth, and surrendered to it.
The village of Berkeley is very picturesque, the park of the castle beautiful, and the place is celebrated for a far better memory than a murder, for here was born and is buried Dr. Jenner, the introducer of vaccination.
www.mspong.org /picturesque/berkeley_castle.html   (1740 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England
Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire has been the home of the Berkeley family for 850 years.
But perhaps most famous of all is the fact that Berkeley Castle was the last place of residence of King Edward II, who was kept as a prisoner in the castle and murdered within its walls.
This castle has a lot of history behind it and my only disappointment was that there was no book on sale covering a detailed history of the house, as there are at many other properties.
louisabrown.net /Berkeley.htm   (757 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle - Castle Duncan Forums
Berkeley castle has been owned and inhabited by the same family since 1156, but little is known about the early history of the site.
During the Civil War Berkeley Castle was occupied by both sides, and finally the Royalist Sir Charles Lucas surrendered to Colonel Rainsborough in 1645 after a three-day siege.
In 1679 George Berkeley was made an earl but owing to a complication in inheritance in 1810 the ‘Berkeley Peerage Case’ left the castle in different hands for over one hundred years, until the earls again possessed it in 1916.
www.castleduncan.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=895&st=0&   (1333 words)

  
 The North Shore News Onine - Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Berkeley Castle, completed in 1153 and owned ever since - with a few forced evictions over the centuries - by the Berkeley family, is probably the closest thing in the real world to Peake's fantastic creation, which seemed to exist outside the bounds of moving time, in its own near-perpetual gloomy weather system.
But while Berkeley doesn't have the perfect, restored grandeur of a Warwick or the romantic, ruined charm of a Raglan, it does have the nearly unique feel of being an ancient castle that is yet a working domicile, frayed and scuffed, almost homely, but still proud.
It's a blessing and a curse having the oldest inhabited castle in the realm as your inheritance.
www.nsnews.com /issues06/w102906/105106/travel.html   (1437 words)

  
 Berkeley Springs Castle in West Virginia (WV)
Berkeley Springs Castle in West VA, built in 1885 by Col. Samuel Taylor Suit, is a half-scale replica of the Berkeley Castle near Bath, England.
And back in the later part of the 1800’s, Berkeley Springs, which is a tiny town, boasted three hotels with no less than 500 rooms apiece, and of course, it had the mineral springs, which were a major draw, and still are to this day.
When she finally moved out of the castle, she was 40,000 dollars in debt, eventually moving on to live with one of her sons in the West.
ks.essortment.com /berkeleysprings_rqpd.htm   (425 words)

  
 Berkeley Springs Castle in West Virginia (WV)
Berkeley Springs Castle in West VA, built in 1885 by Col. Samuel Taylor Suit, is a half-scale replica of the Berkeley Castle near Bath, England.
And back in the later part of the 1800’s, Berkeley Springs, which is a tiny town, boasted three hotels with no less than 500 rooms apiece, and of course, it had the mineral springs, which were a major draw, and still are to this day.
When she finally moved out of the castle, she was 40,000 dollars in debt, eventually moving on to live with one of her sons in the West.
inin.essortment.com /berkeleysprings_rqpd.htm   (425 words)

  
 Berkeley
Berkeley Castle was built as a fortress and has had the same family living in it since Norman times.
This was replaced by a stone castle in about 1088 by Roger De Berkeley and enlarged by his family over the centuries.
he was imprisoned in Berkeley castle where he was murdered in his bed by his jailors Sir John Maltavers and Sir Thomas Gurney.
www.geocities.com /lancerlot45/Berkeley1.html   (189 words)

  
 Berkeley Notes
Evidence of the earliest settlement at Berkeley is found in the remains of an iron-age fortified village to the south of the town at Bevington.
This castle, famous as the place at which Edward II was murdered in 1307, was beseiged by Parlimentary forces in 1645 and reduced to a defenceless condition.
They landed and built a community called Berkeley at the mouth of the James River in Virginia which is recorded as having celebrated Thanksgiving in 1619, a year before the group known as the Pilgrim Fathers dropped anchor.
website.lineone.net /~stetct/berkl/xberkl.htm   (1066 words)

  
 Berkeley Springs Walking Tour: Berkeley Springs State Park/Berkeley Castle
The section facing the Inn and Spa at Berkeley Springs also was not originally part of the park.
Buildings were first constructed in the park beginning in 1784 and included a series of covered bathhouses, the most recent of which were razed in 1949 for the outdoor swimming pool.
There are 13 interior rooms and a basement "dungeon." WV9 now cuts through the Castle property; a stone gate tower built by Rosa in 1893 is stranded on the opposite side of the highway.
www.berkeleysprings.com /walkingtour/11parkcastle.html   (410 words)

  
 Henry BERKELEY (7º B. Berkeley)
Henry lord Berkeley was then but a year and a half old, and not obeying the summons, was disinherited, although he was at the time the king's ward, and all his property supposed to be under the king's care and protection.
In 1571 overtures were made to lord and lady Berkeley by the Earls of Leicester and Warwick for the marriage of their nephews, Sir Phillip Sidney and Sir Robert Sidney, to lord Berkeley's two daughters Mary and Frances, but the proposals were declined by lady Berkeley, by which great offence was given.
In 1572 lady Berkeley's brother Tomas Howard, 4º Duke of Norfolk was beheaded, on a charge of high treason, he having entered into a secret correspondence with some foreign Catholic powers in support of Mary, Queen of Scots, whom he hoped to have married, and for the restoration of the Catholic religion.
www.tudorplace.com.ar /Bios/HenryBerkeley(7BBerkeley).htm   (1483 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle, , Gloucester, GL13 9BQ - www.statelyhomes.com
Berkeley Castle is now considered to be one of England's most historical castles, in a magnificent position overlooking the River Severn on the borders of England and Wales.
Berkeley Castle has the most beautiful Elizabethan Gardens and a walk around them will enable you to see the size and thickness of the Castle Walls and the work that must have gone into building such an amazing edifice.
Berkeley Castle will be garrisoned with hundreds of soldiers to recreate the feel of the Castle under siege during the Civil War.
www.statelyhomes.com /areas/details.asp?HID=145&ID=987&path=12,25,116,987   (738 words)

  
 Vacation Planning.net - Berkeley Springs
Berkeley Springs State Park in the center of the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs is a unique natural playground and the family jewel of the area.
The town's long history as a spa is traced in the family-friendly Museum of the Berkeley Springs on the second floor of the Roman Bath House.
The most exotic attraction for children is Berkeley Castle, perched on the ridge overlooking the town.
www.vacationplanning.net /Pages_p/WV/berkeley.html   (1303 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle - Cotswolds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and terraced Elizabethan Gardens with many rare plants, with a lily pond and Queen Elizabeth I’s bowling green.
During your visit to the Castle be sure to witness the delights of the Butterfly Farm set in the walled garden adjacent to the car-park.
Exotic and British butterflies are farmed at Berkeley Castle and you may see the butterflies emerge from the pupæ.
www.dursley-cotswolds-uk.com /Berkeley.html   (383 words)

  
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Colonel Morgan, the Governor of Gloucester, surrounds the castle and confines the Royalist garrison under the governorship of Sir Charles Lucas to the grounds preventing them from plundering the nearby countryside.
Berkeley Castle is now the only place between Bristol and Gloucester held by the Royalists.
The castle was returned to Lord Berkeley after the war on the condition that it was made undefendable.
www.theteacher99.btinternet.co.uk /ecivil/berkeley.htm   (289 words)

  
 BBC - Action Network - Berkeley Castle - A Working Home & Estate
The Castle opened to the public 50 years ago as one of the first stately homes opened to the public when such a thing was almost unheard of.
The second initiative is the launching of the Friends of Berkeley Castle, primarily a supporters group whose aim is to promote the Castle, help out where necessary and have fun at the same time.
With the tradition of Berkeley to maintain there is a real community feel about how the work is done and we are rewarded by being able to work in one of the loveliest areas of Gloucestershire.
www.bbc.co.uk /go/search/int/pan/ican/-/dna/actionnetwork/A17785623   (797 words)

  
 Caludon Castle
The castle is described as having a chapel, hall, gallery, brewery, bakehouse, kitchen and numerous outbuildings surrounded by strong embattled walls and protected by a moat.
In 1232 the castle was given to Stephen De segrave after he accompanied Randulf on a trip to the Holy land, at a rent of one sparrowhawk a year.
In 1846 the house and 200 acres were held by John Brown of Trinity college Cambridge, 83 acres to the South by G. Pridmore and 205 acres in the North by T and J StephensAfter the first world war Coventry Corporation acquired it for housing Estates and the remains iuncluded in the "Park" in 1964.
www.geocities.com /hank99uk/CaludonCastle.html   (1156 words)

  
 BERKELEY CASTLE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The castle is one of the March Castles, built to defend the border from the Welsh.
It was agreed that the castle would be left alone by Cromwell's troops if the breach remained, and a condition was imposed that the breach should never be repaired before the castle was handed back to the family.
The Castle is the oldest building in the country to be inhabited by the same family who built it - the Berkeleys.
www.ecastles.co.uk /berkeley.html   (245 words)

  
 UK Castle Guide - Berkeley Castle
This beautiful and historic castle, begun in 1117, still remains the home of the famous family who gave their name to numerous locations all over the world.
Scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and besieged by Cromwell's troops in 1645, the castle is steeped in history.
In 1295 Thomas, Lord Berkeley was summoned to attend Parliament and he is regarded as the 1st Baron Berkeley.
www.uktravel.com /castlecontent.asp?timeID=Berkeley&offset=10   (370 words)

  
 News Article: www.visitsouthwest.co.uk
Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire was built in the 12th century and has had the same family living there for 800 years and 24 generations.
Berkeley Castle is the oldest inhabited Castle in Great Britain, built on the Banks of the River Severn to protect the area from the Welsh Feudal Barons.
The Castle was lost on three occasions; on one William Berkeley decided to Barter the Estates and Castle for a Title and indeed lost the Castle for 80 years before it was handed back by the next king.
www.westcountrynow.com /main/articles/display.cfm?r=0.01685498&ref=517   (544 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle - United Kindom Travel and Living Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Description: This beautiful and historic castle, begun in 1117, still remains the home of the famous family who gave their name to numerous locations all over the world.
Scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and besieged by Cromwell's troops in 1645, the castle is steeped in history.
In 1295 Thomas, Lord Berkeley was summoned to attend Parliament and he is regarded as the 1st Baron Berkeley.
www.enjoyyourliving.com /united_kindom/129.htm   (381 words)

  
 Berkeley Castle, Conference Venue Gloucestershire, Wedding Venue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture in the country.
Where other Castles were romanticised or “modernised” by the Georgians or the Victorians, Berkeley quietly survived as what it is: a Norman fortress with an enclosing curtain wall, built and enlarged through the mediaeval period and beyond into a secure, comfortable, substantial home.
Berkeley Castle is available for wedding receptions and offers a unique and historic venue for your special day.
www.chooseyourticket.com /venueprofile.asp?cid=3105   (525 words)

  
 tourist information on Berkeley Castle, Stroud, Gloucestershire from TourUK
Members of the Berkeley family have lived in the castle since the middle of the 12th century - the only family to have lived so long in a castle of their own name.
The castle is famous as the place where Edward II was imprisoned in 1327 by his wife, Queen Isabella, and her lover Roger Mortimer.
During the Civil War the castle was attacked by Parliamentary troops who captured the castle after three days of siege causing a 35 foot breach in the west wall.
www.touruk.co.uk /castles/castle_berkeley.htm   (223 words)

  
 The Berkeley Arms Hotel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Berkeley offers the 12th century Berkeley Castle, 5 minutes walk from the Hotel,with its magnificent Great Hall, Drawing Rooms, Kitchen, Keep and Dungeons where King Edward II was murdered.
One passes the Castle, Stables and Kennels for the hounds of the famous Berkeley Hunt.
Berkeley is situated 8 miles north of Exit 14 and 12 miles south of Exit 13 of the M5 Motorway.
subscriber.scoot.co.uk /berkeley_arms_hotel   (298 words)

  
 TimeRef - History Timelines - Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle was later granted by Henry II to Robert FitzHarding a supporter of his through the conflict with King Stephen.
Roger de Berkeley began the construction of Berkeley Castle in 1117 and it was completed by his son, also called Roger, by 1153.
Henry II granted the castle at Berkeley to Robert Fitz Harding, a wealthy merchant who had helped Henry with financial aid during the conflict with Stephen.
www.btinternet.com /~timeref/hpl831.htm   (193 words)

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