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Castle Acre Castle, Castle Acre

Description: Castle Acre Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 April 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 221880

OS Grid Reference: TF8192015169
OS Grid Coordinates: 581920, 315169
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7036, 0.6911

Location: Pye's Lane, Castle Acre, Norfolk PE32 2BQ

Locality: Castle Acre
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE32 2BQ

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Castle Acre Castle, Town Defences and Bailey Gate, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

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Listing Text

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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Source: English Heritage

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