Bridgnorth Castle

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Bridgnorth Castle
Shropshire, England
Bridgnorth castle ruins.jpg
Bridgnorth Castle
Bridgnorth Castle is located in Shropshire
Bridgnorth Castle
Bridgnorth Castle
Coordinates52°31′53″N 2°25′12″W / 52.5314°N 2.4201°W / 52.5314; -2.4201Coordinates: 52°31′53″N 2°25′12″W / 52.5314°N 2.4201°W / 52.5314; -2.4201
Grid referencegrid reference SO716927
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Bridgnorth Castle is a castle in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.


The castle was founded in 1101 by Robert de Belleme,[1] the son of the French Earl, Roger de Montgomery, who succeeded his father to become the Earl of Shrewsbury. Its principal feature, a square great tower, was built during the reign of Henry II.

During the Civil War, Bridgnorth was one of the Midlands' main Royalist strongholds and in 1642 many Royalist troops were garrisoned there. In 1646, Cromwell’s Roundheads arrived with orders to take Bridgnorth for the Parliamentarians from the garrison led by Sir Robert Howard.[2] Following a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished. By 1647 little of the structure remained.[1] The Parliamentarians left it much as it is today, the stone from the castle being taken and used to repair the town's damaged buildings.

Bridgnorth Castle and surrounding garden

Parts of the great tower still remain, but because of the damage caused during the Civil War, it now leans at an angle of 15 degrees, 4 times the lean of the leaning tower of Pisa.[3] The castle grounds were excavated over three days by archaeological television programme Time Team, clarifying the layout of the castle and the history of its construction.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bridgnorth Castle,, accessed May 2010
  2. ^ "Howard, Robert (1585-1653)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. ^ a b The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Time Team, episode aired 18 March 2001, accessed May 2010


  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3