Castle Cary Castle – context and background

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A castle at Cary, Somerset, is first mentioned in 1138 when attacked and taken by King Stephen; and this has led many to assign a 12th century date to the site. However, the finding of a succession of ditches, and of 10th to 11th century pottery, points to an earlier date of foundation. This paper examines the archaeological evidence for an earlier foundation date for the castle at Cary and argues the case for a Norman Ringwork fortification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-128
Number of pages5
JournalSomerset Archaeological & Natural History Society Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

In: Leach, P. & Ellis, P., ‘Roman & Medieval Remains at Manor Farm, Castle Cary, 1998-2001


  • Castle
  • Cary
  • Somerset
  • Norman
  • Ringwork
  • Donjon
  • Motte
  • Bailey


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