Castle Acre Castle
Remains of Castle Acre keep and surrounding curtain wall
|Built to mid-11th century|
|Owned by:||English Heritage|
|Website:||Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate|
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. 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.
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