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Nether Stowey Castle
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Castle Hill
Nether Stowey
Somerset

Grid Ref: ST187396

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Wander the remains of this Norman motte-and-bailey castle, built nearly 1000 years ago.

The Castle Mount is the remains of a motte and bailey from where you can get magnificent views across Bridgwater Bay, the Mendips, Welsh coast and on a clear day, Glastonbury Tor. The castle was originally a fortress of fair size, excavations have revealed foundations of a rectangular Norman keep with walls over 6 feet in thickness, a stone cannonball was also unearthed on the mound.

The castle was destroyed in the 1400s, possibly as a penalty for Lord Audley’s involvement in the Perkin Warbeck rebellion, whereby supporters claimed Richard, Duke of York (the younger of the two princes in the Tower) survived and was the rightful heir to the throne. Lord Audley joined thousands of West Country rebels and marched to Wells then on to London where the rebellion was crushed. He was executed after being paraded round London dressed in a paper coat with his arms painted in reverse.

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From the 1700s onwards the site was used for bear baiting, local boxing and shin-kicking matches, as well as 'hen-squalling' (cock fighting).

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