Guildford Castle started out as a Norman motte and bailey castle, built soon after 1066.
As the only royal castle in Surrey it became the centre for administration and justice, with the keep converted to use as the county gaol. The royal apartments were moved to a palace in the bailey below, which under Henry III became one of the most luxurious royal residences in England.
After Henry III's death in 1272 the castle fell into decline, and the palace buildings were allowed to fall into ruin. Guildford merchant, Francis Carter bought the castle in 1611 and attempted to convert the keep into a private residence. This proved unsuccessful, the roof and floors were subsequently removed in 1630.
Guildford Borough Council bought the ruins in 1885 & turned the castle into a park.
Yes Chris, its not a bad looking castle for its age. The grounds are well kept. There are alot more photographable angles, but I only had time for one as I walked past.http://www.jenniferscottphotography.co.uk
I love it Jen. I actually drove passed the castle yesterday, but didnt get any shots. The saturation on this is amazing and I love the framing of the ruins. Thanks for sharing it.It's the Photographer that takes the Photo not the Camera.