The principle home of the nine de Lacy Barons Lords of the Honour of Pontefract
Pontefract and Politics
Pontefract Castle. 'The key to the North'
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Why Ilbert de Lacy was instructed by William the Conqueror to build Pontefract Castle
With the rebel, Saxons defeated and driven out following the 'Harrowing of the North. Ilbert de Lacy, received orders from King William to stay behind in the North and establish a strong defensive castle. It had to be capable of containing further attacks from either Saxon rebels moving South. The Castle would also warn and guard against possible Viking invasions from the East sailing up the Humber and into the River Ouse.
The Castles of the descendents of Ilbert de Lacy Lord of Pontefract
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The Religious Houses of the Ilbert de Lacy Family. Tap or click the image to open the page.
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