Montfichet's Castle


Montfichet's Castle

The last known fortress of London was called the Montfichet's Castle. It stood to the west of Baynard's Castle and was founded by Gilbert de Monfichet, a native of Rouen, and relative to William I of England. He brought with him a great force, and fought gallantly in his cause at the Battle of Hastings. This tower was demolished by King John in 1213, after banishing Richard, successor to Gilbert, the actual owner. The materials were applied, in 1276, towards building the monastery of Blackfriars.

The site of Monfichet's Castle more or less corresponds with today's Blackfriars Thameslink station on Ludgate Hill.

ee also

*Fortifications of London


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