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Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate

Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate

Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate

The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is a very rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, town, parish church and associated monastery. All this is the work of a great Norman baronial family, the Warennes, mainly during the 11th and 12th centuries.

The castle was founded soon after the Conquest by the first William de Warenne and you can still view an immense system of ditched earthwortks – perhaps the finest village earthworks in England.

The Bailey Gate is a survivor of the original ditched earthwork defences with stone gates with the main road into the village still running between its towers.


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