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Someries Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Summeries; Somerys

In the civil parish of Hyde.
In the historic county of Bedfordshire.
Modern Authority of Bedfordshire.
1974 county of Bedfordshire.
Medieval County of Bedfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL11922013
Latitude 51.86908° Longitude -0.37570°

Someries Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Tower House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The upstanding and buried remains of the late medieval magnate's residence known as Someries Castle. The upstanding remains include the gatehouse and chapel forming the north west wing of the magnate's residence. Although the roof has gone, the walls survive almost to a full height. The area occupied by the main block of the residence is defined by a raised platform containing low, irregular earthworks to the north east of the garden earthworks. Traces of a substantial brick wall are visible in the north east corner of the site. The name Someries Castle is derived from William de Someries, whose residence stood on the site in C13. The magnate's residence was built by Lord Wenlock, who acquired the Someries estate in the 1430s. The mansion is this thought to be one of the earliest brick buildings in England. The residence was never completed and much of the building was pulled down in 1742. It was preceded on the site by a house which was extant in the 13th century and may have been a fortified manor house or tower house. The exact location of this building is not known. (PastScape)

By 1430 there was at least 100 years of brick building in England, so the reason this building is considered an early example is unclear, particular since documentary sources suggest the gatehouse dates from 1448 and the chapel from the 1460's. The site of the earlier manor house is not located with certainty and may be lost under or confused with later garden works.
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