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IoE Number: 259654
Photographer: Mr M. I. Joachim
Date Photographed: 22 July 2002
Date listed: 13 June 1958
Date of last amendment: 14 May 1986
Grade I

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ACTON BURNELL C.P.ACTON BURNELLSJ 50 SW6/3Acton Burnell Castle(formerly listed as Ruins13.6.58

ACTON BURNELL C.P. ACTON BURNELL SJ 50 SW 6/3 Acton Burnell Castle (formerly listed as Ruins 13.6.58 of Acton Burnell Castle) GV I Fortified manor house, remains of. 1284-5 for Robert Burnell (died 1292) with some late C18 alterations. Roughly squared and coursed red and grey sandstone with ashlar dressings; C18 stone slate hipped roofs over west block and south-west tower. 4-bay central block formerly with first-floor 3-bay hall and one-bay chamber over ground- floor buttery and service chambers; small projecting garderobe block to west; projecting square corner towers: formerly containing garde- robe to north-west, stairs to upper chambers to south-west; possible chapel and stairs to hall to north-east, and stairs to undercroft to south-east. 2 and 3 storeys with 4-storey towers. Battlemented parapets; towers with moulded plinth and chamfered offsets. Large 2-light windows with cusped geometrical tracery, ground floor lancets to north; rectangular openings to towers. Disturbed masonry to central block is evidence of former buttresses; there was formerly a 2-span roof, springing from corbels and a now-demolished central hall arcade. Robert Burnell was Chancellor of England and Bishop of Bath and Wells; he also built a large palace at Wells with which the design of Acton Burnell has some affinities. The ruins were used as a barn in the C18 when the large depressed archways were created in the north and south walls. To the east of the house stand the gable ends of a large C13 stone barn (County A.M. (not included on this list) and the Church of St Mary (q.v.) lies immediately to the north-west. County A.M. No.1 . C.A. Ralegh Radford, Acton Burnell Castle, H.M.S.O., 1977; B.o.E., Pp.47-9; Ed A.P. Detsicas, Collectanea Historica, Maidstone: Kent Archaelogical Society (1981), Pp.85-92; Archaelogical Journal, Vol. 138 (1981), Pp.31-2.

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