Grant of land at Hastings to Abbey de Fecamp
Construction of the first Castle of Hastings
Sussex divided into 6 rapes, each with castle, to defend Anglo-Norman sea crossings. Hastings Castle given to Robert of Eu
William II assembled with large army at Hastings for expedition to France, later abandoned
Count William of Eu dies, buried within Hastings Castle
Thomas Beckett appointed Dean of Collegiate Church
Major building works at Hastings Castle
Construction of Hastings Keep (now lost)
King John promulgated his Ordinances as to the Sovereignty of the Seas from Hastings Castle
Hastings swears allegiance to Louis, son of French King. Castle slighted to prevent it being used against John; death of King John
Series of severe storms lead to erosion of Hastings castle Cliffs and buildings. Eventually half the inner bailey was lost.
Hastings Castle is noted as being decayed. The Dean of the Collegiate Church petitioned the King for repairs, and was granted custody of the Castle.
Town of Hastings plundered by French. Castle briefly brought back into use.
Unguarded castle pillaged by townspeople of Hastings. Clergy imprisoned
Town of Hastings plundered and burnt by French / Start of long period of decline
Collegiate Church within Hastings Castle seized in dissolution of monasteries. Castle in ruins
Colchester Castle acquired by Pelham family, Lords of Chichester
First excavations of Hastings Castle. Partially rebuilt as pleasure garden.
Acquisition of Castle by Hastings Borough Council
Towns of Caen, Bayeux and Falaise, the Calvados General Council, the Calvados Departmental Committee for Tourism, the counties of Hastings, Colchester, Norwich and Medway Council collaborate within the framework of the Norman Connection project on the restoration and improvement of Norman châteaux.