#21 & #85 Hedingham Castle
Essex, England
1100
This is NOT an official Lego site

Built 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 looking south
Minstrel's Gallery
around the Great Hall


Ground Floor Plan First & Second
Floor Plans
Gallery Floor Plan Third Floor Plan Cross-section

 

Photos 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
Slideout section of
the north wall...
...reveals the Great Hall. The banquet is ready, with fire
blazing and torches lit.
The original battlemented
roof has four turrets.
A guest hurries
around the gallery...
...to the spiral stair in the
northwest tower.
The forebuilding also opens... ...showing a cutaway of the stairs
& the castle door with portcullis.


Build Your Own Lego Castle(s)
Ground Floor Plan
1988 Model
First Floor Plan
1988 Model
Second Floor Plan
1988 Model
Gallery Floor Plan
1988 Model
Third Floor Plan
1988 Model
Roof & Turret Plans
1988 Model
Ground Floor Plan
2002 Model
West Elevation
2002 Model
2nd Floor (Great Hall) Plan
2002 Model

 


Other Hedingham Castle pages:
http://www.castles-abbeys.co.uk/Hedingham-Castle.html
http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/england/hedingham/hedingham.php
http://castlehedingham.org/index.html

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