Title: Bramber Castle
Description: Little of this once great castle remains. Built to protect the Port of Old Shoreham, Bramber Castle was constructed shortly after the Norman Conquest on the top of a massive natural mound.
Address: The Street, Bramber, Steyning, West Sussex
Standing high above the Shoreham Road, Bramber Castle was built soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Braose who ruled the area. Sitting on top of a massive natural mound as it does, this fine position was perfect for defending nearby Old Shoreham, a busy port located a mile from the sea on Bramber Water (now called the River Adur).
Due to the continued silting up of the river, the Port of Shoreham was moved down river and as a result the castle fell into disrepair. During the Civil War, Parliamentary forces used the nearby church as a gun emplacement to attack the castle and it was destroyed. Later, the site was also used as a quarry for local road building and as a result little remains of this once great castle.
Maintained today by English Heritage, visitors are able to see a fragment of the keep which rises to a height of 75 feet (24 metres), portions of the curtain wall and a pre-Conquest motte which can be found within the walls.