An integral part of Bedford's as well as Britain's history, the Bedford Castle Mound is a national heritage site. Initially this castle was built as a fortress, which was then destroyed when the Danes attacked England. In its place, this castle, a much stronger and grander edifice was built, which was to be the home of the Barony of Bedford. Over the span of the next few years, this castle saw and withstood a range of assaults, and not all were physical. The then habitant of this castle, Faukes de Breaute, earned a terrible reputation as being an oppressive landlord and was asked to leave by the King of England. Upon refusing to do so, the king's army marched down to the castle and instead of Faukes, they found his brother William, and after much fighting, he surrendered and was hanged. The castle, however, was ordered to be demolished because of its turbulent history. All that remained was an earthy mound. But the local government has taken it upon itself to renovate and restore this castle, though not to its old glory. It is a great testament to Britain's great history.
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