Anstey Castle

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Anstey Castle

Anstey Castle was in the village of Anstey, Hertfordshire (grid reference TL404330).

It was a 12th-century stone motte and bailey fortress, founded by Eustace, Count of Boulogne. It passed into the hands of the medieval 'de Anstey' family in the mid-12th century and was strengthened during the Magna Carta war of 1215–16 by Nicholas de Anstey,[1] an opponent of King John.[2] Only the mound motte now remains.


  1. ^ Anstey, G.M. (2017). "ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry".
  2. ^ Fry, Plantagenet Somerset (1980). The David & Charles Book of Castles. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 178.

Coordinates: 51°58′40″N 0°02′34″E / 51.97773°N 0.04276°E / 51.97773; 0.04276