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Beaumys Castle
Swallowfield, Berkshire, England
Beaumys Castle is located in Berkshire
Beaumys Castle
Beaumys Castle
Coordinates 51°22′34″N 0°58′53″W / 51.3760°N 0.9813°W / 51.3760; -0.9813
Type Fortified manor house
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Condition Earthworks

Beaumys Castle, also known as Beams Castle, was a 14th-century fortified manor house in the parish of Swallowfield in the English county of Berkshire.


Beaumys Castle was a manor in the parish of Swallowfied, given to Sir Nicholas de la Beche in 1335. De la Beche received a licence to crenellate in 1338 and produced a fortified manor house. The castle was rectangular, protected by earthworks approximately 130m by 110m across, surrounded by a water-filled moat, with the castle accessed from an entrance to the north-west.

De la Beche died, leaving the manor to his wife Margery, who in turn remarried, to Thomas Arderne. On Arderne's death in 1347, however, John de Dalton and a small group of followers broke into the castle, where they killed Michael de Poynings, an important nobleman; terrified Lionel, the son of Edward III who was staying there at the time; stole £1,000 worth of goods, and seized Margaret, whom, as a wealthy widow, was forced to marry John.

The surrounding manor was broken up in 1420; the surviving earthworks are a scheduled monument.

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