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Somerton Castle
SK 954-588 Lincolnshire England

Somerton Castle Somerton Castle is a late 13th century stone quadrangular fortress, founded by Anthony Bek, bishop of Durham. In 1281, King Edward I granted him a licence to crenellate his manor but by 1309 the castle had been given to King Edward II. The fortification is encased by a ditch and consisted of ranges of buildings around a central courtyard, with round towers on the angles. Repairs and alterations were made in the mid to late 13th century but by 1601, the castle was utterly defaced and fallen almost down to the ground. Three towers, the south front and part of the curtain wall remain, along with a later adjoining farmhouse. To the south is a large platform, with an enclosing wide moat and a high counterscarp bank, which also extends alongside part of the inner ditch. 9 miles north is Lincoln Castle and 12 miles south-west is Newark Castle.

Street Map

Somerton Castle is located west of Boothby Graffoe, off Castle Lane. 12 miles north-west of Newark, on the A17.

The site is visible from the road.

Car parking is by the side of the road.

Somerton Castle pictures and large castle map
Somerton Castle Picture 1Somerton Castle Picture 2Somerton Castle Picture 3Castle Map of the Area

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