Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

CLUN CASTLE


CLUN CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

An early motte castle started in 1090 with two baileys joined by causeways at the junction of two rivers. A stone wall and gateway were built on the motte in the 12th century after the original wooden structure was burnt down in 1196. The Great Tower, an 80 foot keep, was added in the late 13th century and still stands although ruined. Throught the 14th and 15th centuries it appears to have been used mainly as a hunting lodge. The castle ceased to be used in the 16th century and was not defended in the Civil War.

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Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
On the A488, 5 miles north of Knighton

 



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