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Clun, Shropshire, England

Clun Castle is located in the town of Clun, Shropshire. The remains of the four storey rectangular great keep are still standing on the north side of the motte. The keep was built into the side of the motte with one wall rising from the ditch below the motte. Two baileys can be seen to the east. Other remains that can be seen are part of one wall of what may have been a small square keep on top of the motte. To the south is the site of the gatehouse, and the foundations of a great round tower can be seen to the south-west. Along the west front are the remains of two turrets. The castle is owned by the Duke of Norfolk and is managed by English Heritage.

The castle was originally built by Robert Picot de Say between 1090 and 1110 as a Norman motte and bailey castle. It passed through marriage to the Fitz Alan family in 1199. During the second half of the 13th century the castle was rebuilt in stone with a four storey keep and curtain walls. In the 14th century the castle was transformed into a hunting lodge by the Fitz Alan family, who had taken up residence in Arundel Castle. Once Clun was no longer the primary residence of the family it started to fall into disrepair. The castle was in ruins by the time of the English Civil War of 1642. In 1894, the castle was purchased by the Duke of Norfolk, a descendant of the original FitzAlan family.

Other Castles in the Area
  Acton Burnell Castle, Shropshire
  Croft Castle, Herefordshire
  Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
  Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
  Wigmore Castle, Herefordshire
  Castell Crugerydd, Powys
  Dolforwyn Castle, Powys
  Powis Castle, Powys

Powis Castle
Clun Castle viewed from the west

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Powis Castle
Clun castle

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Powis Castle
Clun castle

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