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Enmore Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST23923526
Latitude 51.11160° Longitude -3.08800°

Enmore Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


The original castle at Enmore is said to have been pulled down in the C18, and a large mansion, of which the present house is only a remnant, was built shortly before 1779. Collinson described a dry moat surrounding the building and Mackenzie accepts this as part of the defences of the earlier manor house There is a 1792 account of a drawbridge over this moat. Now there is no trace of a moat, but its course may be represented by underground brick-lined cellarage which encloses the house on the E, W and S sides (OS record card, 1964)
No evidence of a castle before the C18, nor of a moat. The Castle was built in the 1750s. A plan of c1833 shows stew ponds in the corners of the moat, the stables were underground and not in the castle building. Part of the moat does survive on the W side but it is not at its original depth of 16ft. Most of the castle was demolished in 1834-5 and is now mostly C20. Now divided into two parts but a large area of the underground section survives (Siraut, M., 1989, per corr). (Somerset HER)

The castle name is clearly a latter one relating to the C18 house, which was built in a castellated style. The medieval precursor house of the Malet's does seem to have been a sizeable house with reasonable evidence it was moated and a suggestion it had a gatehouse and it may well have had battlements and other architectural features reflecting the knightly status of the Malet family. How much this could be described as 'fortified' is a matter of debate and opinion. Called 'possible' by David Cathcart King who usually used that term for sites he had considerable doubts about.
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