We all know there are famous Castles at Windsor and Warwick but did you know that one of England’s most historically relevant Castles is in Berkhamsted?
This ancient Motte and Bailey structure was the site of William the Conqueror’s offer of the English Crown in 1066. Much of the walls and buildings have disappeared but the motes and flint walls remain.
The town of Berkhamsted has much more to offer its visitors. The local council and historic society have put together guides and audio trail for visitors to the town. These will take visitors to:-
- The Port of Berkhamsted, originally part of the Grand Junction Canal.
- The childhood home of Clementine Hozier, who would become the wife of Sir Winston Churchill.
- The home of William Cowper, the poet and writer of hymns.
- Author Graham Greene’s birthplace. His father was housemaster at Berkhamsted school around 1900. This famous school was founded in 1541.
- The Totem Pole. This beautifully handcrafted genuine Canadian Totem Pole was gifted to a local timber yard owner.
- The Market Square, the ancient trading centre of this historic town.
The town centre and High Street run parallel to the canal and are easily reached. There you can find many retail opportunities but again some very interesting buildings and even some private houses along the high street dating back some 500 years.
A number of our trips visit Berkhamsted and it is truly a place worthy of a visit.