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Pleshey Castle Describe the Castle as it was in 1400 AD Today there are very few remains of the once great Pleshey castle However the shape and basic outline of the castle can be worked out A tall mound situated to one corner is obviously the motte there are very little remains of the keep This is surrounded by a large ditch which you can cross using the large brick bridge There is a large open area which is the site of the bailey This in turn has a large bank surrounding it and quite a large moat surrounding that The brick bridge is the largest remaining feature There is also a small crumbling building below this bridge This little structure is probably the remains of some sort of sewage system A small arch at the base of the construction shows that it may have been the pit beneath a toilet Also it could have been the foundation for a guard house that had kept a previous draw-bridge The only other evidence is a tiny section of wall on the top of the bank This we can assume is the foundation of a curtain wall that surrounded the entire castle Source 1 is an excerpt from an account of Richard II visiting Pleshey This was taken in 1389 and proves that it was still intact at this point in time The article mentions a court hall an apartment and a chapel Source 2 further goes to prove the castle was in good condition around 1400 This time it is 1397 and the writing is from an inventory of Pleshey castle This describes the castle being full with many valuable items To name but a few there are many beds of gold curtains books altar cloths and many weapons The altar cloths back up the description of a chapel in source 1 One medieval document actually mentions Queen Margaret staying at Pleshey between
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