Framlingham Castle: History and Stories
Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle. Surrounded by parkland and estates, it was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence.
Explore its rich history and find out more about its journey from a Norman powerhouse to a 17th-century home for the poor.
From Power to Poverty
Framlingham Castle has passed through many hands and seen numerous architectual modifications during its long history.
Built in the 12th century by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, it was home to the Dukes of Norfolk for over 400 years.
It was later owned by the first woman to be named a duchess in her own right and in the 16th century it became the scene of a national drama starring Mary Tudor.
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Framlingham Castle through history
The History of Framlingham Castle
Once a centre of power and influence, later a place of charity for the rural poor; uncover the castle's fascinating history.
Mary Tudor at Framlingham
Find out how Framlingham came to be at the centre of a succession crisis, which saw the crowning of England’s first official queen.
The Life of a Medieval Duchess
Framlingham was once home to one of the country’s wealthiest women. Find out more more about her, and her lavish lifestyle at the castle.
The Workhouse at Framlingham Castle
In this episode of our Speaking with Shadows podcast, Josie Long delves into the castle’s second life as a workhouse from the 17th century onwards.
Introduction to Medieval England
Discover how England developed following the invasion of William the Conqueror.
Buy the Guidebook
Explore Framlingham Castle and read about its history in the official English Heritage guidebook.