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Crewkerne Castle
Crewkerne, Somerset
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Possible earthwork ramparts of Crewkerne Castle
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Coordinates 50°53′34″N 2°49′34″W / 50.8929°N 2.8260°W / 50.8929; -2.8260
Type Possible motte and bailey
Site history
Demolished This castle was never finished

Crewkerne Castle (which is also known as Castle Hill or Croft 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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