The ruins of Bramber Castle with a tragic history

Founded by William de Braose as a defensive and administrative centre for Bramber, one of the six administrative regions (each controlled by a castle) into which Sussex had been divided following the Norman conquest. Bramber was one of the six administrative regions (each controlled by a castle) that were established following the Norman conquest. Bramber was located on the Adur River and required shelter from the elements.

Bramber Castle was owned by the de Braose family and its descendants from its foundation in 1450 till the present day. A descendent of William de Braose was among the barons accused of treachery to King John in the early years of 1200, according to another William de Braose.

The king requested that William hand up the two children to him. De Braose’s wife, understandably, declined, stating that she could not put her children in the care of a father who had previously been accused of killing his grandchild.

He conquered Bramber Castle and detained the two boys and their mother, who were sent to Windsor Castle, where they perished of malnutrition after being imprisoned there for several months.

Several witnesses have reported seeing the ghosts of the two sons strolling around the castle since then. Eventually, during the English Civil War, the castle was almost completely demolished, and its bricks were later used to construct roadways.

Visit Bramber Castle

Now you can see the ruins and it takes a little imagination to be able to understand what the castle could be like. It is unclear if, as there is not much left of the castle, ghosts are still around.  The ruins are managed by English Heritage and admission is free.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top