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Wambrook Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST29400706
Latitude 50.85873° Longitude -3.00443°

Wambrook Castle has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


The best candidate for the 'castle' in Castle Hill Wood is an enclosure on sloping pasture, the N side being a field boundary removed in the C19. The whole can be seen faintly on the ground and on aerial photographs. (Somerset HER)

ST 29400706. An enclosure in sloping pastureland, faintly visible on the ground and on an A.P. Its north side, a hedgerow, was removed in the 19th century. It is possibly the castle inferred by the name Castle Wood (Carter).
No enclosure is visible in the pasture field. A drainage ditch parallels the western boundary of the field. The ground is uneven and of a poor nature. The combination of the ditch and the general ground condition might have led to the supposition of an earthwork here (F1 NJA 28-JUL-82). (PastScape)

In the extreme south of the parish Castle wood is recorded in 1422, probably the home of Laurence du Chastel in 1311. (VCH)

Very poorly defined earthworks and place name evidence. (Prior 2004. reject)

A not unusual construction of a possible castle from some vague earthworks and a place name. Place name evidence is always difficult but it is rare to find an explanation as clear as that given in the VCH. There are some additional nearby 'Castley' field-names which can also be dismissed as evidence of a castle here.
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