Year 7 students at Blackburn Central High School have been creating outstanding castles as part of their studies on the Norman conquest of England, the 11th-century invasion and occupation by William the Conqueror.
The Norman conquest of England was a 11th-century invasion and occupation by an army of Norman, Breton and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, AKA William the Conqueror.
Harold’s army confronted William’s invaders in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings; William’s force defeated Harold, who was killed in the engagement. To control his new kingdom, William gave lands to his followers and built castles commanding military strong-points throughout the land.
These castles became the Norman bases for the conquest of England. They were the original Gestapo brown houses – places of torture and imprisonment, built by a cowed peasantry they were designed to oppress.