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Strangways, Abbotsbury

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Abbotsbury Castle

In the civil parish of Abbotsbury.
In the historic county of Dorset.
Modern Authority of Dorset.
1974 county of Dorset.
Medieval County of Dorset.

OS Map Grid Reference: SY55828478
Latitude 50.66108° Longitude -2.62580°

Strangways, Abbotsbury has been described as a Artillery Fort although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Buildings marked as Abbotsbury castle are on the first edition OS map. (Dorset HER)

Arthur Oswald states, in his book 'Dorset Country Houses' that there was a blockhouse built by Henry VIII here, no other references and later house built on supposed site is demolished. (Wilton)

The seaside house 'Strangways' or latterly 'Abbotsbury Castle' had been built as a summer residence around 1765 by William's grandmother, the 1st Countess of Ilchester (née Elizabeth Strangways Horner), in the Gothic style recently made fashionable by Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill. (Poulson 2008)

The blockhouses of Henry VIII are well recorded in royal records so unlikely there was a royal blockhouse here. A private C16 blockhouse might be a possibility but who and how funded are major questions. Most likely a fanciful suggestion made to give kudos to the mildly Gothick Abbotsbury Castle house, rebuilt after a fire in 1913 but demolished in 1934.
Not to be confused with Abbotsbury Castle an Iron Age hill fort at SY55588657 not suggested as the site of medieval occupation.
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