Castle Acre Castle

Norfolk, England

City/Town/Village: Castle Acre
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
County: Norfolk
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7036, 0.691118
Postcode: PE32 2XB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)


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Castle Acre Castle was originally an 11th century stone two storey fortified manor house, built over a late Anglo-Saxon manor house. Founded by William de Warenne, his son William, the second earl of Surrey founded the 12th century stone ringwork and bailey castle. When he absorbed the Norman manor house, in the construction of a high keep, encased by a bank and curtain wall, flanked by a gatehouse. The large bailey is encased by substantial earthworks, with the foundations of stone hall complex, a well-preserved length of curtain wall, the remains of two gatehouses and a massive barbican. Nearby is Castle Acre Bailey Gate and Castle Acre Priory Porch-Tower.

Castle Acre Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

TF 8115
11/12 Castle Acre Castle


Castle containing earlier unfortified house. C11 house converted into
keep mid C12, outer ward c.1200 and C13. Flint and clunch rubble, some stone
dressings. Roofless. Built by the first de Warrene Earls of Surrey (obit 1087)
father of founder of Castle Acre Priory (q.v.), extinct in heirs male 1147.
Abandoned in C14. Post-Conquest country house or domus defensabilis possibly
a two-storey hall, converted into rectangular keep early to mid C12 excavated
1972-1977. Curtain wall in place of former wooden pallisade, clasping buttress
piers survive on exterior west and north side. Lower wall fortified c.1200,
with surviving sections of wall at east and south. To west base of south
abuttment of gateway of C13, possibly contemporary with north Bailey Gate
(q.v.) of Castle Acre. Formerly thought to be a motte and bailey castle of
one build of late Cll. Scheduled Ancient'monument County Number 140. See J.G.
Coad and A.D.F. Streeten "Excavations'at Castle Acre, Castle Acre, Norfolk
1972-1977 : Country house and castle of the Norman Earls of Surrey" Archaeo-
logical Journal CXXXIX (1982), pp. 138-301. In care of HBMC.

Listing NGR: TF8192015169

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