Doors - Gary Cook

Christchurch Ruin Gate

These are the ruins of the original Norman castle, standing on an ancient Saxon motte (a man-made hill) overlooking the River Avon as it passes through the town of Christchurch, England. After the Norman conquest of 1066 the castle's defenses were strengthened by the addition of a ditch and bailey. The castle dominated the surrounding countryside for centuries until, in 1652, Oliver Cromwell ordered it to be destroyed, fearing such a powerful stronghold might help the Royalists to regain power after their defeat in the English Civil War of 1642–1651. The view here is through a narrow gateway leading from the adjacent Priory.