#21 & #85
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by Aubrey deVere about 1141 atop the earthwork of his
previous timber fortress dating to about 1100, this 73
foot tall Keep was the home of the deVeres, Earls of
Oxford, Lord great Chamberlains of England, for 550 years.
Successfully beseiged by King John, in the Civil War that
followed Robert deVere and other barons forced the king
to sign the Magna Carta - and the castle soon reverted
back to the family. Hedingham was visited by King Henry
VII, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, and remains
of great historical interest. Hedingham's ornate
banqueting hall boasts a magnificent arch and a fine
minstrel's gallery, but the interior woodwork was redone
following severe fire in 1918.
|Decorated entrance arch||Great Hall looking north||Great Hall
around the Great Hall
of the Lego Models
Built October 1988 & April-May 2002
Note: The new model is over 34" tall and is architecturally as detailed as I can make it inside the forebuilding and at the Great Hall
and Gallery levels, as you will see below. It is very likely the original keep had four turrets, like Rochester with whom Hedingham
is frequently compared. The drawbridge may well be fanciful but the chronologically and technically similar Rochester has one.
The new model utilized 15,511 Lego pieces, including 6,137 light gray 1x2 bricks, 316 1x5x4 light gray half arches, with the feast
requiring 358 parts for furniture, food, musicians, guests, etc. Other specifics available upon request.
|WSW View - 1988||Open View - 1988||SW View - 2002||WNW View - 2002|
the north wall...
|...reveals the Great Hall.||The
banquet is ready, with fire
blazing and torches lit.
roof has four turrets.
around the gallery...
spiral stair in the
|The forebuilding also opens...||...showing
a cutaway of the stairs
& the castle door with portcullis.
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