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Culverhay Castle, Englishcombe

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
English Combe

In the civil parish of Englishcombe.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Bath and North East Somerset.
1974 county of Avon.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST719631
Latitude 51.36555° Longitude -2.40500°

Culverhay Castle, Englishcombe has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval ringwork castle comprising motte and elliptical bailey. The ringwork is surounded by a substantial ditch with an outer bank on all but the southern side. To the west is is a smaller enclosure or bailey and within the main enclosure are slight earthwork remains of stone buildings. Excavation in the 1930s revealed the footings of a small circular keep, tentatively dated to the early 13th century. A hunting park seems to have been attached to the castle. (PastScape)

Ringwork, measuring 18.28m long by 36.57m wide, surrounded by a substantial ditch, up to 1.52m deep,with an outer bank on all but the S side. There are two slight causeways across the ditch on the N and S sides, although the former looks relatively modem. On the W side is a smaller enclosure which may represent the remains of a bailey.
Later or Associated Structures:Small circular stone keep; the remains of 2 or 3 stone buildings; revetment or curtain-wall with towers at its angles; small bailey.
Quality or Condition: Earthworks of average strength/ featureless stone fragments or foundations.
Likely Builder/Owner: ?Nigel de Gourney (the tenant of Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances, in 1086). (Prior 2004)


Salter writes castle may be pre-norman in origin and that the circular foundation are that of a dovecote (The name Culverhay means 'enclosure of the doves.') Excavated by Norman Pounds in 1938 at an early point in his career.
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