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Sherborne New Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Sherborne Lodge

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST64911640
Latitude 50.94609° Longitude -2.50064°

Sherborne New Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Palace.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Late C16 rectangular central block with its angle turrets, for Sir Walter Raleigh. Enlarged by the addition of the four wings of 2 storeys with cellars and hexagonal towers in 1625 by Sir John Digby. (Listed Building Report)
Comments

Goodall calls this 'castle-like', presumably referring to the angle turrets, although no author would call this house defensible. (Although many such house were made defensible during the C17 Civil Wars. and some were slighted afterwards.) Raleigh's house was built on the site of a medieval hunting lodge of the deer park associated with Sherborne Old Castle. This castle was taken into royal hands in 1139 and not returned to the bishop of Salisbury until 1354. However, the deer park remained in episcopal hands (Cantor and Wilson). The lodge may have been used as a modest bishops palace during the period the bishops were excluded from the castle and retained as ancillary accommodation when the castle was regained.
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