|Orford Castle Keep|
Orford Castle is a bit of a misnomer as today, only the Keep remains - the curtain walls being robbed long ago in the 18th century, after the port fell into decline following the silting up of the River Ore. This prohibited the entry to the port of the larger trading ships, sealing the fate of the town.
Having negotiated our way past the two ladies on reception, trying to ply us with English Heritage’s finest home grown cherry wine (and very nice it was too), we entered the Lower Hall and began our tour of the building.
We entered the narrow corridor that contained the Chapel (on the immediate left) and, at the very end, the Chaplin’s Room.
Exhausting the areas that we could explore contained in the upper levels of the Keep, we made our way down to the basement, to the Well Room, where the food and supplies would have originally been stored when the Castle was in daily use.
|the spot where the body lay|
Obviously our visit left us with a lot of food for thought and further research, which contained a certain irony, as we only intended a pleasure visit to pass away the afternoon on a wet summer’s day.