Bolbec Castle

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Bolbec Castle
Buckinghamshire, England
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Bolebec Castle motte
Bolbec Castle is located in Buckinghamshire
Bolbec Castle
Bolbec Castle
Coordinates 51°52′49″N 0°50′22″W / 51.880356°N 0.839559°W / 51.880356; -0.839559
Type Castle
Site information
Condition Demolished
Site history
Materials Masonry[citation needed]

Bolbec Castle or Bolebec Castle,[1] was a castle in the village of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, England.


The motte and bailey castle was illegally built[2] for Hugh II de Bolbec, Lord of Whitchurch[3] during the Anarchy of 1147 and its building was criticized by Pope Eugene III.

It is thought[by whom?] to have had a masonry keep and the deep defences of the motte enhanced naturally defensive ground. The triangular bailey is now separated from its motte by Castle Lane.

Oliver Cromwell was responsible for its destruction in the English Civil War (1642–51).[citation needed]

The surviving earthworks are a scheduled monument.[4]

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  1. ^ Mapcarta. "Bolebec Castle". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Pettifer 1995, p. 9.
  3. ^ Booth, Terry J. "Some Descendants of Osbern II De Bolbec (990 – 1063)". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bolebec Castle, a motte and bailey castle 300m west of St John's Church". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 15 July 1938. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 

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