Pickering Castle was originally built in the William the Conqueror era by the Normans around 1069 - 1070. It was orignally built as a timber and earth motte and bailey castle and later developed into a stone motte and bailey castle which had a stone shell keep. The stone keep and outer walls are the only structures which remain intact. Pickering Castle and has a considerably steep cliff on the West side which would have been a great defensive attribute when it was in use. Over the centuries Pickering Castle has been a royal hunting lodge, holiday home and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings.
Pickering Castle is an English Heritage property.
Also visible to the west is Beacon Hill, a siege-castle built during the Anarchy, in the reign of King Stephen or the minority of King Henry III. This castle is only visible as a round earthwork on the ground and is a scheduled monument.
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