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Castle Cary Siege Work

In the civil parish of Castle Cary.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Somerset.
1974 county of Somerset.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST644320
Latitude 51.08658° Longitude -2.50848°

Castle Cary Siege Work has been described as a certain Siege Work.

There are no visible remains.


A siege castle was built at Castle Cary in 1147 and promptly destroyed. (PastScape ref. King 1983)

The castle {Castle Cary} surrendered to Stephen for lack of food in 1138, and Robert of Gloucester levelled a siege-castle being built before it by Henry de Tracy in 1147. (Renn 1973)

Henricus namque de Traceio, vir bellicosus, et in militari exercitio expertissimus, qui et regis partibus parebat, ante castellum, quod Cari dicitur, et aliud firmabat, quo et comitem Glaorniae per hoc facilius arceret, (et) diffusioris provinciae dominium possideret: cum, ecce, ipse comes, talibus, fama intimante, perceptis, cum immenso repente supervenit exercitu, incoeptumque Henrici municipium fundotenus, ipsumque, cum suis inglorium, cedere coegit. (Sewell)

On a hill to the SE of the castle (PRN 53640) is a bank 18-20ft high and 60 yards long with a ditch on the W side. To the E is a second and lower bank 100 yards long turning at right angles at its N end (VCH)
Marked "Earthworks" on OSAD 6" map.
The larger bank described by VCH is a steep but apparently natural scarp along the W edge of the flat platform above the castle. The ditch is a trackway leading to a quarry. The lower bank is artificial - O.8m high and both ends terminate against a modern field wall. Although in a good position for a siege work against the castle, its appearance suggests a modern field bank (OS Arch. Div. 1966). (Somerset HER)

General this site is said to be lost. There were almost certainly some siege works but possibly not the feature reported in the Somerset HER.
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