Castle Acre Castle

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Castle Acre
Castle Acre, Norfolk, England
Castle Acre Castle.jpg
Remains of Castle Acre keep and surrounding curtain wall
Castle Acre is located in Norfolk
Castle Acre
Castle Acre
Coordinates 52°42′11″N 0°41′36″E / 52.703052°N 0.693285°E / 52.703052; 0.693285
Type Motte-and-bailey castle
Site information
Owner English Heritage
Open to
the public
Condition Ruins
Site history
Built Completed in the mid-11th century
Built by William de Warenne

Castle Acre Castle is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle, with extensive earthworks, at Castle Acre, in the English county of Norfolk (grid reference TF819151).[1] It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument,[1] and a Grade I listed building.[2]

The castle was founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey, as his most important estate in Norfolk. The original castle was restructured around the 1140s.[3] The settlement is strategically placed where the ancient trackway known as the Peddar’s Way crossed the River Nar. To the west of the castle was a planned town; the whole settlement was fortified. The riverside location was important both for defence and for river-borne supplies, in an age when road transport was extremely difficult.

The castle was of motte-and-bailey construction; on the summit of the motte was the residence of the owner, and the last refuge in the event of an attack. The bailey below contained living quarters, stores and workshops. A strong curtain wall with wall walks surrounds the motte summit, and a lesser wall tops the bailey banks.

The Castle is now in the care of English Heritage, along with the nearby Castle Acre Bailey Gate and Castle Acre Priory.

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  1. ^ a b "Castle Acre". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Castle Acre". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ Liddiard, Robert (2005). Castles in Context. Macclesfield, Cheshire: Windgather Press Ltd. pp. 134–139. ISBN 0-9545575-2-2. 

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