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IoE Number: 269653
Location: THE CASTLE (THE INHABITED PARTS ONLY), CASTLE GREEN (north side)
  TAUNTON, TAUNTON DEANE, SOMERSET
Photographer: N/A
Date Photographed: N/A
Date listed: 04 June 1952
Date of last amendment: 04 June 1952
Grade I

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CASTLE GREEN5365(North Side)The Castle(The inhabited parts only)

CASTLE GREEN 1. 5365 (North Side) The Castle (The inhabited parts only) ST 2224 NE 9/4 4.6.52. I GV 2. A very important complex of buildings which was originally the medieval castle of the Bishops of Winchester. William Giffard between 1107 and 1129 converted the bishop's hall into a castle of which the west wall, with its narrow clasping buttresses, now looks out upon the modern Wyndham Hall to west. Henry of Blois, his successor as bishop, built the keep. Bishop William Ralegh during 1245 to 1249 carried out the rebuilding of the great hall and chamber (now the Somerset room) as well as the chapel of St Nicholas. In the room just over the inner gate were the bishops' exchequer and treasury. The Castle was held by Robert Blake when beseiged by Royalists 1644-5. The north wall still bears marks of damage caused by gunfire from across the River Tone. In 1662 the keep was demolished. Assize courts (including the famous "Bloody Assizes" of 1685) were held in the great hall until 1858. Somerset Archaeological Society acquired the buildings in 1873. Buildings include:- Round tower. Norman buttresses and window in west range. Constable's tower with C13 windows at north-west angle. Great hall with C15 windows. Walls of the Norman keep in the garden to the north of the Castle Hotel (excavated 1924-O), Gateway of 1495. Cl7 house at south-east angle with fine shell hood to doorway in courtyard. Small Adamesque library dating from circa 1785, when Sir Benjamin Hammet was Keeper of the Castle and did much restoration. Recent Wyndham galleries. The uninhabited parts only are scheduled A.M. All the listed buildings on Castle Green form a group together with Ina Cottage, Mill Lane.

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