Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

CASTLE ACRE


CASTLE ACRE
Photo Liam Snell

A motte and bailey castle dating from the 1070's which is surrounded by impressive earthworks which were extended to surround the village. A stone tower was built on the motte at the end of the 11th century and a few years later the motte was encircled by a stone wall and an outer wall was added around the bailey. In the mid 12th century the tower was strengthened and raised to form a keep. It has been left to decay since the mid 14th century, but stretches of curtain wall and two gatehouses remain.

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Photo Luc Hermans Photo Luc Hermans Photo Luc Hermans

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

Close by, about a 10 minute walk, is the priory (see below) which was also founded in the 11th century.

Photo Luc Hermans

 

Directions
Off the A1065, 4 miles north of Swaffham
Castle Acre, Norfolk PE32 2XD

 



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