Weddings at Amberley Castle

The Lands of Amberley were given by the Saxon King Caedwalla to St. Wilfred 1st Bishop of Selsey in 682 AD, it was Wilfred who bought Christianity to the area and converted the King.
The original manor house and the village church were built around 1100 by Bishop Luffa of Chichester.

Around the mid 14th century Bishop Reede was granted the 'Licence to Crenellate' by King Richard II - this allowed the great curtain wall and massive gatehouse to be constructed, which has since dominated the landscape and provides the dramatic south facing elevation.

Suit of Armour
Bishop Reede placed an enduring stamp of character on the Castle and many of his 'Home Improvements' are still visible today.
Bishop Sherborne was the last Bishop to reside whilst the 'See of Chichester' possessed the Castle and he was responsible for dividing the dining hall into two floors thus creating the splendid Queens Room with its barrel vaulted ceiling and graceful lancet windows.
At the end of the 16th century the lease was held by Queen Elizabeth I and continued to be held by the Crown until 1749 when James Butler purchased the Castle for 3,341.14s.4d.
During this time the Castle was caught up in the drama and violence of the civil war and sheltered King Charles II when he stayed here on route to Shoreham and thence France, after the Battle of Worcester. It was after another of his visits that the Queens Room Murals were commissioned.
The 15th Duke of Norfolk purchased Amberley in 1893 and began restoring the battlements. The Castle continued to be privately owned and protected from the public eye until 1989 with the various owners improving and altering its style and architecture.


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