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Pendragon Castle

Pendragon is a 12th century castle located on the east bank of the River Eden. This Norman castle's history however dates back to Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur, who legend has it tried to divert the River Eden around the mound upon which his earlier castle was built, hence the ancient ryhme 'Let Uter Pendragon do what he can, Eden will run where Eden ran'. Much of the stone work we see today is of 14th century by Robert de Clifford who was one of the many knights killed by the Scots at the battle of Bannockburn.

History of Pendragon Castle

1160 -The Norman knight Hugh de Morville builds his castle of stone on the long lost ruins of a much earlier castle.

1170 - The castle is confiscated by King Henry II from Hugh de Morville for his part in the murder of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

1203 - The castle is restored to Hugh's nephew Robert de Vipont. (more in the History section)

Text by Fred Vincent