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William's Motte and Bailey castles

William dealt with 'dangerous areas' by building wooden castles.  They were built outside Saxon towns to stop the Saxons raising an army, and to prevent serious rebellions.

These wooden castles were called Motte & Bailey castles.  Motte is an old French word for 'clod of earth' and Bailey meant 'enclosure'.  They were very quick to build.  It took less than ten days to build some!

Click on the different parts of the Motte & Bailey castle to learn more:

Find out where William built his castles

How did the local people react? 

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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003