Bampton Castle, Devon

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Bampton Castle
Bampton, Devon, England
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Remains of motte
Bampton Castle is located in Devon
Bampton Castle
Bampton Castle
Coordinates 50°59′33″N 3°29′05″W / 50.99245°N 3.48467°W / 50.99245; -3.48467
Grid reference grid reference SS959225
View from top of motte of Bampton Castle, looking south-westwards towards Bampton Church and the village of Bampton

Bampton Castle in the parish of Bampton, Devon was the seat of the feudal barony of Bampton.


In Saxon times a defensive mound was built. On this mound the Normans built a wooden castle about 1067 to consolidate their land gains during the Norman Conquest of England following the Battle of Hastings of 1066. In 1136 it was besieged by King Stephen and the fortifications were burnt down. Later, a stone mansion was built on the motte, and in 1336 the lord of the manor, Richard Cogan, obtained a royal licence to crenellate it and surround it with a stone and mortar wall. It is believed that in 1607 part of the building fell down due to an earthquake. Since then the stonework has all been removed but the motte survives as a prominent mound on the outskirts of the village.[1]

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  1. ^ "Bampton Castle". Bampton in Devon. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

Coordinates: 50°59′33″N 3°29′05″W / 50.9925°N 3.4847°W / 50.9925; -3.4847