Northampton Castle

Evie Godfrey

Northampton Castle was one of the most famous Norman castles in England.  The castle site was outside the western city gate, and defended on three sides by deep trenches. A branch of the River Nene provided a natural barrier on the western side. The castle had extensive grounds and a large keep. The gates were surrounded by bulwarks made of earth, used to mount artillery. All that remains of the castle today is the Postern Gate, near Northampton Railway Station.