Somerton Castle

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Somerton Castle today
Somerton Castle today

Somerton Castle is located approximately one mile west of the hamlet of Boothby Graffoe in Lincolnshire, England.

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.[1][2] In 1309 Bek gave the castle as a gift to King Edward II.[3]

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.

King John II of France was imprisoned at Somerton Castle between 1359 and 1360, having been take prisoner after the Battle of Poitiers.[1]

Some prominent and visible enclosures 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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "National Monument record:Castle". 
  2. ^ Davis, P. (2006). The Gatehouse: The comprehensive gazetteer of the medieval fortifications and castles of England and Wales. Retrieved 6 May 2006. 
  3. ^ Platts, G. (1985) Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire: History of Lincolnshire — Volume IV. Lincoln: History of Lincolnshire Committee. p. 46

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Coordinates: 53°07′01″N 0°34′30″W / 53.117°N 0.575°W / 53.117; -0.575