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Beaumys Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Beaumyss; Beams; Beaumeys

In the civil parish of Swallowfield.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Wokingham.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Wiltshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU70986460
Latitude 51.37620° Longitude -0.98142°

Beaumys Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Manorial site enclosed by a moat. There are no surface indications of the manor house in the wooded area enclosed. A causeway centrally placed across the N.W. side of the moat is probably an original feature. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1338 March 3 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The manor had belonged to the Despenser's from the mid C13 but came to Nicholas de la Beche in 1335 who obtained a licence to crenellate in 1338. In April 1347 John de Dalton broke into the castle 'on the sacred day of Good Friday, without reverence for God, Holy Church or the King, and to the terror of the King's son Lionel, who was staying there and the rest of the royal children with him,' and carried off Margery by force (VCH, 1923). The manor was split between three co-heirs in the mid C14 and the house may have ceased to function as a high status residence around this time. Whatever the defences of this house, built by licence or otherwise, they were not substantial enough to stop an attack by a small group of knights, despite the presence of an important nobleman and, presumably, some of his entourage (some of whom were killed). However the house was important enough for Lionel to be there in the first place.
Was in the Wiltshire part of the parish of Shinfield, but was moved into Berkshire at a relatively early date.
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