almer Castle is one of the series of gun forts built during the reign of Henry VIII. This was not originally designed as a residential castle. The purpose of this castle was to house canons to protect the south coast of England from attacks from France and Spain. Much later in its history the castle was converted into a home was was a favourite place of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.


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CountyKent (13 castles)
CategoriesHenry VIII Gun Fort
OwnershipRoyal castle
RemainsExcellent remains
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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An excellent castle for an afternoon visit. The castle is complete and the grounds are extensive. The castle has been converted into residential use so it has lost the feel of its original purpose as a gun fort so don't expect to see how the castle originally looked. For this you need to visit the remaining gun forts in Cornwall that have retained their original design.
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eobley Castle is a fortified manor house and is located near Landimore to the north of the Gower peninsula in South Wales. It was built by the de la Bere family at the start of the fourteenth century. The castle was attacked and badly damaged in around 1403 by Owain Glyndwr during his revolt against the English.


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CountySwansea (3 castles)
CategoriesFortified Manor House
OwnershipBaronial castle
RemainsNot complete but much survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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1403   Weobley Castle attacked
 Owain Glyndwr attacked and badly damaged Weobley Castle.[1]

Episode: Glendowers Revolt  

Weobley Castle (Herefordshire)

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ot to be confused with the castle of the same name in South Wales. This castle appears to be only earthwork remains. No further details.


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otte and Bailey castle built in around 1070. It was badly damaged by a storm along with the town in 1236. The castle became a prison holding political prisoners during Tudor times and then during the English Civil War. Nothing now remains.


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1236   Wisbech Castle damaged by storm
 The town and castle at Wisbech were hit by a fierce storm.[1] 
iston Castle is located in Pembrokeshire in the village of Wiston which is a few miles to the east of Haverfordwest. A limited number of remains are all that are left of the small motte and bailey castle including a section of the polygonal shell keep on summit of the motte made from rubble. The castle was built by a Flemish settler called Wizo in the early twelfth century, The castle is mentioned in records being attacked and captured by the Welsh several times, but each time the castle was recaptured by the English. The first occurrence was in 1147. In 1220 the castle was captured by Llywelyn the Great when hostilities broke out between him and William Marshall. After this the history of the castle is uncertain but it is known that the owner moved to the nearby Picton Castle.


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CountyPembrokeshire (12 castles)
DirectionsAbout 5 miles to the east of Haverfordwest.
CategoriesMotte & Bailey / Shell Keep
OwnershipBaronial castle
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times
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1220   Llywelyn raids Pembrokeshire
 Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, began raiding Pembrokeshire to retake land that he accused William Marshall, the younger, of stealing. This included Wiston Castle.[2] 
orcester Castle was a motte and bailey type castle and was located just to the south of the Cathedral on the right hand bank of the River Severn. It was built in around 1068 or 1069 by the Norman Urse d'Abetot. In 1113 the castle and cathedral were damaged by fire. The castle played an important role during the period of the Anarchy, the civil war that involved King Stephen and Henry Henry I's daughter Matilda. During the reigns of Henry II and King John and Henry II the castle continued to be an important location. After the death of King John the land that the castle was built on was granted back to the Cathedral. The owner of the castle at that time preferred to spend his time at the local Elmley Castle and so Worcester castle started to fall into disrepair. In later years the castle was used as a prison before a more suitable location was found. Apart from Edgar's Tower, which can still be seen, nothing of the castle or its defences remain.


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CountyWorcestershire (6 castles)
CategoriesMotte & Bailey
OwnershipBaronial castle
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteAt any reasonable time
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1069   Construction of Worcester Castle
 Land from the nearby Cathedral was used to build a new Norman motte and bailey castle on the bank of the River Severn.

Episode: Norman Conquest  
1113 Jun  Worcester Cathedral and Castle damaged by fire
 The city of Worcester, its cathedral and castle were damaged by an accidental fire.[3] 
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Walden Castle
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