Castle Acre Castle

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Castle Acre


Castle Acre Castle.jpg
Remains of Castle Acre keep and surrounding curtain wall
Type: Motte-and-bailey castle
Grid reference: TF819151
Location: 52°42’11"N, 0°41’36"E
Village: Castle Acre
Built to mid-11th century
Condition: Ruins
Owned by: English Heritage
Website: Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate

Castle Acre Castle is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle, with extensive earthworks, at Castle Acre, in Norfolk.[1] It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument,[1] and a Grade I listed building.[2]

The castle was founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066, by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey, as his most important estate in Norfolk. The original castle was restructured around the 1140s.[3] The settlement is strategically placed where the ancient trackway known as the Peddars Way crosses the River Nar. To the west of the castle was a planned town; the whole settlement was fortified. The riverside location was important both for defence and for river-borne supplies, in an age when road transport was extremely difficult.

The castle was of motte-and-bailey construction; on the summit of the motte was the residence of the owner, and the last refuge in the event of an attack. The bailey below contained living quarters, stores and workshops. A strong curtain wall with wall walks surrounds the motte summit, and a lesser wall tops the bailey banks.

The Castle is now in the care of English Heritage, along with the nearby Castle Acre Bailey Gate and Castle Acre Priory.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 National Monuments Record: No. 357930 – Castle Acre
  2. National Heritage List 1171480: Castle Acre
  3. Liddiard, Robert (2005). Castles in Context. Macclesfield, Cheshire: Windgather Press Ltd.. pp. 134-139. ISBN 0-9545575-2-2.