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 Castles of England - Bampton Castle






Location
Bampton, Devon, England

Description
Bampton Castle, a motte and bailey castle, used to be located in the village of Bampton, Devon. The stonework has all been removed and all that remains is the motte, which can be seen as a grassy mound in Bampton village.

History
The Normans built a wooden castle on a defensive mound (or motte) in about 1067. In 1136 it was besieged by King Stephen and the wooden castle was burnt down. A stone mansion was built on the motte in the early 14th century. In 1336 the Lord of the Manor, Richard Cogan castellated it and built a surrounding stone and mortar wall. The castle fell into disrepair in the 17th century. (It is thought that part of it fell down during an earthquake in 1607).


Other Castles in the Area
  Dunster Castle, Somerset







Dunster Castle
Remains of motte

Photograph by Grant Sherman. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Bampton Castle map