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Abberley Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Abbatsley; Aberle; Abbatisle; Abbotleye; Abbedeleye

In the civil parish of Abberley.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO744664
Latitude 52.29543° Longitude -2.37514°

Abberley Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are no visible remains.

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


There is documentary reference to Abberley Castle by Leland, who states that there was a castle at Abberley in the time of the Earl of Warwick, presumably the Earl attainted in the reign of Henry VII. The site is not known, but may be the site of the later Abberley Hall (PastScape)

Circa 1710. Given to Ralph de Todeni circa 1310 by Marriage to Thomas de Leybarme, Guy de Beauchamp and William of Warwick. 1499 to crown. circa 1532 Henry gave to Will Walshe. 19th Century to Moillets. Site uncertain - suggests on Merrits Hill. Describes 1405 skirmish against Welsh. English defended Abberley Hill, after 8 days Meredith led several successful skirmishes on west spur of Abberley Hill, now called Merritts Hill, where he seems to have met with some success, though unable to capture old 'keep' or tower which then occupied site of Abberly Hall. A castle has been identified (4410) by Mr Comley but this may not represent the site of Abberley Castle itself. (Worcestershire and Worcester City HER)

King writes only mentioned in Leland's time. However, a parker is mentioned in 1280 and the park at Abberley is mention in 1349. Abberley Hall is some distance from the church but presumably started as a lodge within the park.
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