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Canterbury Castle of Kent


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Canterbury Castle is a Norman Castle in CanterburyKentEngland (grid referenceTR14545743).[ It is five minutes walk from Canterbury East Station and main bus station around City Wall.

A wooden motte and bailey castle was erected in 1066 – its motte may be the mound which is still visible in the Dane John gardens near the stone castle (which may in turn be a Roman burial mound), with Dane John deriving from donjon.

Canterbury Castle was one of the three original Royal castles of Kent (the other two beingRochester Castle and Dover Castle). They were all built soon after the Battle of Hastings, on the main Roman road from Dover to London. This was the route taken by William the Conqueror in October 1066, and they were built originally as motte-and-bailey castles to guard this important route

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