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The Normans: Herefordshire and Worcestershire sites
Norman soldier
Norman soldier from the time of the Battle of Hastings

The Norman invasion of 1066 left an indelible impression on Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

They built a string of castles in Herefordshire, to control the volatile border area with Wales.

The cities of Hereford and Worcester can thank the Normans for their spectacular cathedrals.

As the BBC launches a new series looking at the Normans and their legacy, find out more about some of the important sites in this area.

A Norman walk through Hereford

Hereford Cathedral
The original Norman pillars inside Hereford Cathedral

Hereford was a smoking ruin when the Normans came, after the city was sacked by the Welsh in 1065.

Under Norman rule the city became the 6th most important in the country, with a beautiful new cathedral, and a massive castle, second only to Windsor in size.

You can follow a walk around the city that takes in the most important Norman features.

The Normans and Worcester Cathedral

Worcester cathedral
A model of how Worcester Cathedral would have looked

Worcester Cathedral dates back to 1084 and St Wulfstan, the Bishop who began the building work.

The BBC and the cathedral have worked together to provide a walk around the building, as an audio/video tour.

It will be accessible in the cathedral by 'bluetooth' devices from August 2010.

Kilpeck church

Kilpeck church
Carving in the stonework over the door to Kilpeck church

Kilpeck church is one of the finest Norman churches in the country - surviving the Reformation and the English Civil War largely unaltered.

Its Romanesque sculptures have survived from the 12th century.

Norman castles

Longtown Castle
Longtown keep is built to avoid accidental collapse




SEE ALSO
Norman Walks
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Longtown Castle: history & photos
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