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IoE Number: 221880
Location: CASTLE ACRE CASTLE, PYE'S LANE (south side)
Photographer: Mr Alan Francis Polaine
Date Photographed: 01 August 2001
Date listed: 13 April 1987
Date of last amendment: 13 April 1987
Grade I

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CASTLE ACREPYE'S LANE (south side)TF 811511/12Castle Acre CastleI

CASTLE ACRE PYE'S LANE (south side) TF 8115 11/12 Castle Acre Castle I Castle containing earlier unfortified house. C11 house converted into keep mid C12, outer ward c.1200 and C13. Flint and clunch rubble, some stone dressings. Roofless. Built by the first de Warrene Earls of Surrey (obit 1087) father of founder of Castle Acre Priory (q.v.), extinct in heirs male 1147. Abandoned in C14. Post-Conquest country house or domus defensabilis possibly a two-storey hall, converted into rectangular keep early to mid C12 excavated 1972-1977. Curtain wall in place of former wooden pallisade, clasping buttress piers survive on exterior west and north side. Lower wall fortified c.1200, with surviving sections of wall at east and south. To west base of south abuttment of gateway of C13, possibly contemporary with north Bailey Gate (q.v.) of Castle Acre. Formerly thought to be a motte and bailey castle of one build of late Cll. Scheduled Ancient'monument County Number 140. See J.G. Coad and A.D.F. Streeten "Excavations'at Castle Acre, Castle Acre, Norfolk 1972-1977 : Country house and castle of the Norman Earls of Surrey" Archaeo- logical Journal CXXXIX (1982), pp. 138-301. In care of HBMC.

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