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Castle Acre Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Castle Acre, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7036 / 52°42'13"N

Longitude: 0.6911 / 0°41'28"E

OS Eastings: 581920

OS Northings: 315169

OS Grid: TF819151

Mapcode National: GBR Q7C.FK0

Mapcode Global: WHKQP.L99P

Entry Name: Castle Acre Castle

Listing Date: 13 April 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1171480

English Heritage Legacy ID: 221880

Location: Castle Acre, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE32

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Castle Acre

Built-Up Area: Castle Acre

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Castle Acre St James

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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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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