Newton St Loe Castle

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Newton St Loe Castle
Newton St Loe, Somerset
Castle Keep in Newton St. Loe College - geograph.org.uk - 642177 cropped.jpg
Keep of Newton St Loe Castle
Newton St Loe Castle is located in Somerset
Newton St Loe Castle
Newton St Loe Castle
Coordinates 51°22′24″N 2°26′28″W / 51.3733°N 2.4410°W / 51.3733; -2.4410Coordinates: 51°22′24″N 2°26′28″W / 51.3733°N 2.4410°W / 51.3733; -2.4410
Grid reference grid reference ST694639
Type Fortified manor house
Site information
Owner Bath Spa University
Site history
Materials Stone

Newton St Loe Castle was a fortified manor house in the village of Newton St Loe, Somerset, England.

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View of the west, entrance, side

Newton St Loe Castle was originally built as a fortified manor house, probably in the 12th century, surrounded by Newton Park, then a medieval deer park.[1] At the start of the 14th century, a keep was built on the site as part of a wider programme of work by the St Loe family, creating a rectangular, courtyard castle with four corner towers, protected by a ditch on three sides.[2] In 1375 the site was inherited by Elizabeth, the last of the St Loe family, who married William, Baron Botreaux.[3] Sir Walter Hungerford built a new gatehouse at the castle during the first half of the 15th century, which features turrets, machicolations and an early gunport.[4]

In the 19th century the castle and the surrounding park were heavily landscaped to produce the current country house and gardens; only the renovated keep and the gatehouse survive intact, although a nearby mound marks one of the corner towers of the 14th-century castle.[5] Today the site is leased by Bath Spa University and both the keep and the gatehouse are scheduled monuments, holding a Grade 1 listed building status.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ St Loes Castle, National Monuments Record, English Heritage, accessed 16 July 2011; Dunning, pp.61-2.
  2. ^ Pettifer, p.222; Youngs and Clark, p.200; Castle Keep in the Grounds of Newton Park, Images of England, accessed 16 July 2011.
  3. ^ Dunning, pp.61-2.
  4. ^ Pettifer, p.222; Kenyon, p.83.
  5. ^ St Loes Castle, National Monuments Record, English Heritage, accessed 16 July 2011.
  6. ^ Newton St Loe, Gatehouse webpage, accessed 16 July 2011.

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