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 Castles of England - Cary Castle






Location
near Castle Cary, Somerset, England

Description
Cary Castle stood on Lodge Hill overlooking the town of Castle Cary in Somerset. Only the earthworks of the motte and bailey castle now remain. Some of the stonework of the castle was used in the buildings of the town.

History
The motte and bailey castle was built after the Norman conquest either by Walter of Douai or by the following owners, the Perceval family. It was besieged by King Stephen in 1138, and again in 1153. The castle was abandoned by 1468 when owners moved to a manor house which was built beside it. The site was excavated in 1890, revealing the foundations of a square tower.


Other Castles in the Area
  Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Somerset
  Nunney Castle, Somerset
  Old Sherborne Castle, Dorset
  Sherborne Castle, Dorset







Sherborne Castle
Castle Cary castle remains. In the foreground, the motte and bailey of the old castle. Behind is Castle Cary church.

Photograph by Graham Horn. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Sherborne Castle
Castle Cary castle remains from Lodge Hill.

Photograph by Graham Horn. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Cary Castle map