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Description: Remains of Baconsthorpe Castle
Date Listed: 30 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 224554
OS Grid Reference: TG1209638168
OS Grid Coordinates: 612096, 338168
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8991, 1.1520
There is also a scheduled monument, Baconsthorpe Castle Moated Site with Fortified House, Gatehouse, Courtyards and Formal Gardens, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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TG 13 NW BACONSTHORPE
7/1 Remains of Baconsthorpe
Remains of castle, c.1460-86, built for John Heydon (died 1480) and Sir Henry
Heydon (died 1504). Flint with some brick. Square court 30m across, complete
curtain walls reduced to 3-4 metres, central 3-storeyed gatehouse to south;
remains of roofless 2 storey range to east; moat to south, west and north,
wide mere to east. Roofless gatehouse of 3 bays with central 2-storeyed
projection for draw bridge, coursed knapped and galletted flint, string
course at 1st floor, 4-centred arch opening to left and right, ground floor,
having moulded stone surrounds under voussoirs of alternate flint and tiles;
2 openings to 1st floor, three to 2nd floor include stone mullioned 2-light
window with 4 centred heads as now in Baconsthorpe Hall (qv 7/2). Brick
culverts to moat from below ground floor gardrobes, single to left, double
to right. Passageway with remains of tierceron stone vaulting, 4-centred
stone doorways to left and right rooms each with brick groined vaults.
Remants of stair turret at rear to west. Remnants of 2-storeyed range along
east wall, C16, in coursed galletted whole iron stained and knapped flints,
5 bays, central brick doorway with segmental arch, 4 renewed 4-light square
headed windows, mullions and transoms in wood. Remains of 3 storeyed square
tower at north corner, base of round tower to northwest corner, and two to
west wall. South wall, west, with 5 double loopholes. Castle was principal
residence of Heydon family, demolished after Civil War. S.E. Rigold:
Baconsthorpe Castle, H.M.S.0, 1966. Castle in care of English Heritage.
Scheduled Ancient Monument, Norfolk: 144.
Listing NGR: TG1209638168
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Source: English Heritage
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