Inherited from his mother, the castle was rebuilt in the latter part of the 13th century by Antony Bek, then Bishop of Durham, who was granted a licence to crenellate in 1281. In 1309 Bek gave the castle as a gift to King Edward II.
The property and estate were later bought by the notable Lincolnshire and Sussex landowners, Marfleet Battle in 1812, from Sir Montague Cholmondeley, Baronet. The property and estate later passed on to several of the family's descendants.
Some prominent and visible earthworks still enclose the site, including parts of the moat. What remains of the castle walls are incorporated into the present farmhouse. The castle has been recognised as an important building and has been classified as a Grade I listed building.
See also 
- "National Monument record:Castle".
- Davis, P. (2006). The Gatehouse: The comprehensive gazetteer of the medieval fortifications and castles of England and Wales. Retrieved 6 May 2006.
- "Listed Building status".