It was a blissful and rare sunny day after one long grey Winter as I walked past Oxford Castle and the brick work popped.
The old castle was built by the Saxons with a simple mound and tower to protect boundaries of a new settlement called “Oxenaford” 1000 years ago. We are now a booming student city but just a few decades later the tower was made stronger by the Normans who dominated the city. After their invasion of England to keep the locals in check they made the bold fortifications we see today a whole lot stronger.
Little harmony was ever felt here with prisoners from the Civil War being held for their political beliefs.
This place was a prison right up until a few years ago when a luxury hotel developed across the site and restored a joyful balance of pleasure and fun in the once gruesome grounds. There are fragrant flower beds where men were once forced into exercise. The gardens are used as an open space for Theatre performances in the Summer and can tell fresh new stories.
Taking the voice of some of the prison’s famous inmates once held in the cells it is easy to imagine their thoughts?
The old tower with 101 steps to the top is where Queen Matilda escaped from the clutches of her brother. She was dressed in a camouflage of white and left during the snow storm in the night to avoid capture from surrounding soldiers.
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