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a Castle in the town of Carisbrooke, in the county of Isle of Wight

About Carisbrooke Castle & Museum

The castle is where the Roundheads kept King Charles I a prisoner from 1647 until shortly before his execution on 30 January 1649. Both his children, Prince Henry and Princess Elizabeth were imprisoned with him. Sadly, the young Princess was to die whilst still a prisoner, she died in the year 1650, at the tender age of 15.

The castle stands on the site of a Roman fortress, its Norman keep was built in the reign of William I by William Fitz-Osborn, Earl of Hereford. The gate-house belongs to 1470 and the outworks were built when England was threatened by the Spanish Armada. There is a well reaching to a depth of over 160 feet which is believed to have been built at around the same time, it is worked by a donkey!

The castle remained an official residence for the Governors of the Isle of Wight until the death of Princess Beatrice in 1944, she was the last resident Governor of the island. The castle houses the Carisbrooke Museum, an exciting museum dedicated to island life. During the summer there are lively Jousting displays and you will also see the team of Donkey's whose mission in life is to demonstrate the treadwheel in the wellhouse. Interestingly, Princess Beatrice first opened the museum in 1898.

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