The castle passed first to the Cardinham family and eventually became part of the Duchy of Cornwall. Very little appears to have happened at Restormel, but it was garrisoned by Parliamentary troops during the English Civil War and captured by Sir Richard Grenville in 1644.
|Restormel Castle Key Facts|
|County||Cornwall (6 castles)|
|Directions||A mile north of Lostwithiel on minor road.|
|Categories||Motte & Bailey / Stone|
|An excellent example of a shell-keep.|
|Remains||Small amount survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|An imaginative plan of the Restormel Castle shell-keep|
The Norman Conquerors built their castles in locations where they could keep control of the local populations of Saxons or at important locations such as river crossings or on key roads. Many motte and bailey castles were built on the border with Wales to try and keep the Welsh at bay. The advantage of this type of castle was that it was quick to construct. Making a fortification from wood was much easier than making one of stone.
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