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, an opponent of King John. Only the mound motte now remains.
- Anstey, G.M. (2017). "ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry".
- Fry, Plantagenet Somerset (1980). The David & Charles Book of Castles. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 178.
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