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Castle Batch
Somerset, England
Castle Batch Recreational Area - geograph.org.uk - 84437.jpg
Site of Castle Batch
Coordinates 51°22′08″N 2°55′06″W / 51.3688°N 2.9182°W / 51.3688; -2.9182Coordinates: 51°22′08″N 2°55′06″W / 51.3688°N 2.9182°W / 51.3688; -2.9182
Type Motte, possible motte and bailey or ringwork
Site information
Open to
the public
Yes
Condition Only earthworks remain

Castle Batch was a fortification at Worle that once stood overlooking the town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England.

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Castle Batch was a motte constructed by the Norman lord Walter of Douai between the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and 1086. It was built on a ridge above the surrounding area, with a mound that is now 3 metres (9.8 ft) high and 42 metres (138 ft) across, surrounded by a ditch up to 10 metres (33 ft) wide. The entrance was probably on the north side of the motte. A possible bailey has been identified alongside the motte. Although typically characterised as a motte, the mound has a slight indentation in the centre and archaeologist Stuart Prior considers the mound to have been a ringwork.

Around 1200 the estate belonged to William De Courtney and by 1303 by John de Beauchamp.

In the 21st century the site forms part of local parkland, and is protected by law as a scheduled monument.

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