Bourne Castle

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remains of Bourne Castle in Wellhead park.[1]
Bourne Eau in South Street.
The Eau was diverted to form the moats of the Castle. This part is the outer moat: the East Bailey (in general terminology, the outer bailey) of the castle was to the right of the picture. The eastern pomoerium was to the left.
Shippon Barn
Grade II listed building, supposedly built with materials taken from the castle, particularly the "arrow slit" windows.[2]

Bourne Castle was in the market town of Bourne in southern Lincolnshire (grid reference TF095199).

A Norman castle was built by Baldwin FitzGilbert (son of Gilbert Fitz Richard, of the De Clare family). In medieval times there was motte and double bailey castle which formed an unusual concentric plan. The castle was destroyed after being used by Cromwell's troops in 1645 and a farmhouse was built on the site. Traces of the enclosed mound and inner and outer moats are all that now survive.[3]

The land is now a park, known as the Well Head, owned by the Bourne United Charities and is open to the public.[1]


  1. ^ a b Needle, Rex (2010). "Well Head park". Bourne United Charities. Archived from the original on 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Shippon Barn  (Grade II) (1241937)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Bourne Castle (348162)". PastScape. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset (1980). The David & Charles Book of Castles. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3.
  • Armitage, E S (1912). Early Norman Castles. pp. 107–8.
  • Cope-Faulkner, Paul (April 2002). Archaeological Watching Brief During Pipeline Trenching at Bourne Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire (BCD 01). Report No. 85/02. Archaeological Project Services.

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Coordinates: 52°45′56″N 0°22′43″W / 52.76561°N 0.37856°W / 52.76561; -0.37856