Built on the site of the Temple of Claudius, a symbol of Roman power when Colchester was the capital of Britain, Colchester Castle is the largest Norman keep in Europe. It was constructed around 1080 after William I ordered a royal fortress to be built at Colchester, but for most of its life the castle has been used as a prison – in 1645 ‘Witchfinder General’ Matthew Hopkins appropriated it as a base for interrogating and imprisoning witches. It first opened to the public as a museum in 1860, and it is in that capacity that it continues today.
Mon 15 Jun 2015, Sue Bunting
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