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Hatch Court, Hatch Beauchamp

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hach Beauchamp; Hache

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST306212
Latitude 50.98602° Longitude -2.99007°

Hatch Court, Hatch Beauchamp has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

John de Beauchamp had licence from the Crown to fortify his manor house at Hatch in 1333. He died two years later, perhaps without having finished the work, and on the death of his son in 1343 the value of the building was put at nothing. A visitor in 1633 found it so ruinous that were it not then called Hatch Court it would not have been recognised as a house of importance. But the hall of the house displayed the arms of the Beauchamp family and a chapel 'on the top of the house' included the arms of the successors, the Seymours, indicating in the later fifteenth century. The house seems to have stood north of the church. (Dunning 1995)

The mansion house in which theis noblemen lived which I went to see is soe ruined that were it not called Hach Court you would not believe yt it were any remaynes of a Barons house, yet I sawe in the Hall Beauchampes Armes ... (Gerard writing c. 1633)

Site of castle at Hatch Court Farm (Mike Aston 1977 pers corr. )
No earthworks or structures associated with the site were visible when the area was examined (Aston 1976)
The licence to crenellate was granted in 1334. (Somerset HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1333 July 24 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Prior records some 'insubstantial earthworks' nearby at ST306212 which he rejects as a Norman castle.
The reason for suggesting the house was north of the church is not clear but entirely reasonable although it is also possible the house was south of the church on or near the site of the current Grade 1 listed Hatch Court (ST30642098). The 'insubstantial earthworks' might represent some garden earthworks but if the crenellated house was north of the church it is, perhaps, most likely to have been on the site now occupied by Hatch Court Farm House (ST30592115).
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