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IoE Number: 409866
Photographer: Ms Jeanette Hancock
Date Photographed: 04 April 2004
Date listed: 09 May 1949
Date of last amendment: 09 May 2049
Grade I

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1.924 Castle RemainsTM 3389 1/259.5.49.

1. 924 Castle Remains TM 3389 1/25 9.5.49. I 2. Of, reputed to have been erected by Roger Bigod. Now almost a complete ruin, the remains of 2 circular towers still stand, with lower part with squared stonework. The ground plan was originally octagonal and the keep 54 ft square. Remains of walls are scattered about in flint rubble work, as are the various outer defences, earthworks, moats, etc. In 1140 Hugh Bigod, who had been created 1st Earl of Norfolk by Stephen, supported a rebellion against the King and was defeated at Bungay, and the Castle reduced. Re-instated, Hugh Bigod was again attacked, this time by Henry II on his accession to the throne, and was defeated and pardoned on condition that the fortress was dismantled. This was carried out, and it remained uninhabitable, until 1281. Another Roger Bigod then obtained a licence to embattle his house, which stood on the old castle site. By 1312 the Castle had passed to Thomas de Brotherton in the reign of Edward II. In 1338, a daughter of Brotherton marrying Edward de Montacute the Castle passed into that family, and again changed ownership by marriage of his daughter to William de Ufford, Earl of Suffolk. By 1382 an inquisition reports that the castle was old and ruinous. By 1477 the property had passed to the Howards and soon after was again consigned to neglect as a residence. From C16 onwards it changed hands from time to time as a ruined site until about the year 1800 it passed back to the then Earl of Norfolk. Quoting from "Excursion through Suffolk" dated 1819 and by reference to an engraving dated 1818, in the same, this was the condition:- "The present state of the former edifice .... is now become the habitation of the lowest sort of people, a great number of hovels being raised against its walls, and let out to the poor." Scheduled AS.

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