Culverhay Castle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Culverhay Castle
Englishcombe, Somerset
Culverhay Castle.jpg
Earthworks of Culverhay Castle
Culverhay Castle is located in Somerset
Culverhay Castle
Culverhay Castle
Coordinates51°21′59″N 2°24′18″W / 51.3663°N 2.4050°W / 51.3663; -2.4050Coordinates: 51°21′59″N 2°24′18″W / 51.3663°N 2.4050°W / 51.3663; -2.4050
Grid referencegrid reference ST719631

Culverhay Castle, also known as Englishcombe Castle, was a castle in the village of Englishcombe, Somerset, England.


Culverhay Castle was built in a ringwork design in the village of Englishcombe, Somerset.[1] The ringwork ditch and bank, up to 5 feet (1.5 m) deep, is to the east of the village church.[1] During the first half of the 13th century a stone circular keep and low curtain wall was built at the castle, along with one or two other stone buildings within the ringwork.[1] A medieval deer park may have been attached to the castle.[1]

Estimates of the date of the original building range from the late 11th century to the early 13th century.[2]

The castle site was excavated by archaeologist Nigel Pounds in 1938, and today is a scheduled monument.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Culverhay Castle Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, National Monuments Record, English Heritage, accessed 11 July 2011.
  2. ^ Dunning, Robert (1995). Somerset Castles. Tiverton: Somerset Books. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-86183-278-1.