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Great Yarmouth Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Great Yarmouth.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TG52550736
Latitude 52.60552° Longitude 1.72845°

Great Yarmouth Castle has been described as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are no visible remains.


The site of Great Yarmouth's medieval castle. The castle was probably constructed before 1208. In 1550 it was given to the town and used a gaol. In 1621 it was demolished. Little is known of its structure, although C16 illustration shows it as a keep with four towers. Deep foundations and a floor found in 1965 during building work were probably part of it. Rutledge states that the name Castle was not used until 1396, but before this it was called the Kingstonhus which must take its date of foundation back to before 1208 when the town was in the king's hands. (Norfolk HER)

In 1620 the upper storey was removed and the materials used for enclosing the mount. The following year the whole structure was demolished. (PastScape ref. Palmer, 1984)

Presumably Kingstonhus is a contraction of 'King's Stone House' suggesting a masonry castle from the start. The description seems to be that of a C12 Norman Tower. This demonstrates the very flexible way the term castle and other terms were used in contemporary records.
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