Crewkerne Castle

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Crewkerne Castle
Crewkerne, Somerset
Castle Hill ramparts - - 623870.jpg
Possible earthwork ramparts of Crewkerne Castle
Crewkerne Castle is located in Somerset
Crewkerne Castle
Crewkerne Castle
Coordinates50°53′34″N 2°49′34″W / 50.8929°N 2.8260°W / 50.8929; -2.8260Coordinates: 50°53′34″N 2°49′34″W / 50.8929°N 2.8260°W / 50.8929; -2.8260
Grid referencegrid reference ST420107
TypePossible motte and bailey

Crewkerne Castle (which is also known as Castle Hill or Croft Castle) was possibly a Norman motte and bailey castle on a mound that is situated north-west of the town of Crewkerne in Somerset, England.


Crewkerne Castle a 450 feet (140 m) high outcrop[1] that since at least 1839 has been termed a castle site. Archaeological and geophysical research has found a ditch around the hilltop, with a masonry square within it, while fragments of 12th century pottery have been found on the site.[2] One theory is that this is a Norman motte; another that it is a 13th-century manor house;[3] alternatively it may be simply have been a local folly.[2]

The manor had been granted to Richard de Redvers by Henry I by the year 1107 and it is thought that his son Baldwin built on the hill. In 1150 the Bishop of Salisbury was given the services of knights associated with the castle.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Croft Castle, Castle Hill, West Crewkerne". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Croft Castle Crewkerne, Gatehouse website, accessed 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ Richardson, Miranda. "An archaeological assessment of Crewkerne" (PDF). English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey. Somerset County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  4. ^ Dunning, Robert (1995). Somerset Castles. Tiverton: Somerset Books. pp. 35–37. ISBN 978-0-86183-278-1.

Further reading[edit]

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