- Crewkerne Castle
Crewkerne Castle Crewkerne, Somerset
Possible earthwork ramparts of Crewkerne Castle
Type Possible motte and bailey Coordinates grid reference ST420107
Crewkerne Castle (which is also known as Castle Hill, Croft Castle or Crow 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 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. One theory is that this is a Norman motte; another that it is a 13th century manor house; alternatively it may be simply have been a local folly.
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.
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- ^ "Croft Castle, Castle Hill, West Crewkerne". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/details.asp?prn=54678. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
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- ^ Richardson, Miranda. "An archaeological assessment of Crewkerne". English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey. Somerset County Council. http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/hes/downloads/EUS_CrewkerneText.pdf. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
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