EYE CASTLE

Suffolk

Eye Castle, Suffolk

According to the Domesday Book Eye Castle was founded by William Malet.  He died in 1071 fighting Hereward the Wake, so the Castle must have been built by then.

William's son, Robert, was banished by Henry I and the Castle passed to the Crown.  Henry II had the Castle garrisoned, but it seems to have fallen into disuse after his reign.

The Castle was rebuilt in stone, some parts of the curtain walling surviving, including one piece that goes up the motte.  The "keep" on top of the motte is a 19th Century folly though.

The Castle is in a small public park and is open to the public.  From the top of the folly keep an excellent view can be had of Eye Church.

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