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Beaudesert Castle
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Town or city Beaudesert, Warwickshire
Country England
Coordinates 52°17′34″N 1°46′16″W / 52.292733°N 1.771172°W / 52.292733; -1.771172

Beaudesert Castle was on a high mound overlooking the village of Beaudesert to the east of Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire . It is a scheduled ancient monument.

The remains found on the site show that it was originally an Iron Age fort which gave the mount its ancient name, Donnilee. The hilltop and the surrounding area was "sculpted" to form a motte and bailey fortification with its timbre Hall following the Norman conquest. It was followed by the construction of a stone castle. According to sources it was Thurston De Montfort who built the stone castle here in 1140 during the reign of Henry II, and it remained the seat of De Montforts for more than a hundred years. Peter de Montfort also resided at the castle. The Earl of Warwick took possession of the lands of De Montforts in approximately 1369, and subsequently the castle's importance declined. According to some accounts it was repaired in 1411 but later abandoned. During the early years of the War of the Roses, between York and Lancaster, the castle, which was then unoccupied and had fallen into disuses, was dismantled, and its heavy timbres were, according to some sources, used for the construction of stately houses at Henley. A single stone and earthworks remain today, along with evidence of two fishponds and some remains of the motte and bailey fortification.

The site was investigated by the archaeologists of Time Team in series 9 (2002).

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