emains of a ringwork castle in Templeton, Pembrokeshire. Possibly the forerunner of Narberth Castle a few miles to the north.


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CountyPembrokeshire (12 castles)
DirectionsSomewhere in Templeton.
Categories
Ringwork Castle.
RemainsEarthworks only
Access to siteUnknown - Please check before visiting
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he village of Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire is the location of two castles. The earliest was a motte and bailey castle and its remains are to the south of the church at the east end of the village. A later and larger stone castle was built on the southern side of the village.


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CountyNorth Yorkshire (11 castles)
DirectionsThe village of Sheriff Hutton is located to the north-east of York on minor roads off the A64
CategoriesMotte & Bailey / Stone
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteNo Access - Private
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t. Mawes Castle was built in around 1540 by Henry VIII and was one of a pair of castles guarding the entrance to Falmouth harbour. The second castle on the other side of the estuary is Pendennis Castle. St Mawes consists of a large circular tower with three seni-circular towers at its base.


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CountyCornwall (6 castles)
DirectionsIn St. Mawes on the A3078 south of Truro, or via the ferry from Falmouth on the other side of the estuary.
CategoriesHenry VIII Gun Fort
OwnershipRoyal castle
RemainsNot complete but much survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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The best way to get to this castle is via the ferry as the castle can be seen from the boat. Remember to also visit Pendennis Castle.
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St. Michael's Mount

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he abbey and castle of St. Michael's Mount sit on top of a small island a few hundred metres of the southern coast of Cornwall. The abbey was founded in the mid eleventh century when Benedictine monks from the French abbey of Mont St Michel came to the site. In the time of Richard I the island was captured by Henry de Pomeroy who was a supporter of the future King John. The island was fortified by Pomeroy and again in the late fifteenth century by John de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. de Vere was a supporter of Henry VI and he held the castle for several weeks against attacks from supporters of Edward IV.


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nly the motte and some earthworks remains are all that is left of this once motte and bailey castle. Overlooks the River Arrow, a tributary of the River Avon.


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CountyHerefordshire (7 castles)
CategoriesMotte & Bailey
RemainsJust the motte remains
Access to siteUnknown - Please check before visiting
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Possibly on private land.
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arthworks remains of a moated fortified manor house located near the M5 motorway that inorporates some English Civil War defences. Only the earthworks including sections of the two concentric moats remain.in 1388 Sir John Russell was granted a license to crenellate his home by King Richard II. During the English Civil War the castle was the property of Sir William Russell who was the Royalist Governor of Worcester. The house was destroyed at the end of the war.


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CountyWorcestershire (6 castles)
CategoriesFortified Manor House
OwnershipBaronial castle
RemainsEarthworks only
Access to siteUnknown - Please check before visiting
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emains of a motte and bailey castle.


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CountyOxfordshire (8 castles)
DirectionsSwerford is a village located about four miles to the north-east of Chipping Norton
CategoriesMotte & Bailey
RemainsEarthworks only
Access to siteUnknown - Please check before visiting
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Swineshead Abbey

his Cistercian abbey was founded in Lincolnshire by Robert de Greslei. In 1216 King John visited the abbey after losing his baggage train in the Wash Estuary when the tide turned and swept it away. That night the King feasted on fruit and cider and fell ill. Some say that the King was poisoned by a monk from the Abbey. King John was transported to Newark Castle where he died a few days later. Nothing now remains of the abbey.


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1216 Oct  Death of King John
 King John died at Newark from excessive eating and drinking. Protestant historians of the 16th century wrote that he was poisoned by a monk at Swineshead in Lincolnshire. The monk received orders from the Pope to kill King John and took a small amount of poisoned wine himself to reassure the King and also died. But had King John become the Pope's ally before his death? 
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