The Castle Hall comprises the former Great Hall of Leicester Castle, which was converted to a County Court in the 19th century. It is a Grade I Listed Building, and is located within the Castle Conservation Area. Adjacent to the Hall is the 'Dungeon' or John of Gaunts cellar.
In 1068, soon after the Norman Conquest, a castle was built in Leicester. It was placed at the south-west corner of the town’s Roman defences where it could dominate the town and control the river crossing.
The castle was a mound of earth (a motte) with a large enclosure below it. The enclosure, or bailey, was surrounded by a water-filled ditch about 10 metres wide and 5 metres deep.
It then had an earthen rampart which topped with a wooden stockade. The bailey was probably entered via a timber gatehouse on the north side and the ditch is likely to have been spanned by a timber bridge.
In addition to the Castle buildings, the area enclosed by the bailey would have had a large number of timber buildings and the Church of St. Mary de Castro.
For further information and images of Leicester Castle please download the PDF file from the link below.
Leicester Castle Tells Its Story
Leicester Arts & Museums has launched a smartphone and tablet app that gives personalised guided tours around the Leicester Castle. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store then used on site at the Castle on it's open days.
Click here to read an article about the app on the Leicester Mercury website.