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Castle Remains

A Grade I Listed Building in Bungay, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.456 / 52°27'21"N

Longitude: 1.436 / 1°26'9"E

OS Eastings: 633547

OS Northings: 289776

OS Grid: TM335897

Mapcode National: GBR WL2.3VC

Mapcode Global: VHM6G.VJ0M

Entry Name: Castle Remains

Listing Date: 9 May 1949

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1034404

English Heritage Legacy ID: 409866

Location: Bungay, Waveney, Suffolk, NR35

County: Suffolk

District: Waveney

Civil Parish: Bungay

Built-Up Area: Bungay

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Bungay Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

924 Castle Remains

TM 3389 1/25 9.5.49.


C11, reputed to have been erected by Roger Bigod. Now almost a complete
ruin, the remains of 2 circular towers still stand, with lower part with
squared stonework. The ground plan was originally octagonal and the keep
54 ft square. Remains of walls are scattered about in flint rubble work,
as are the various outer defences, earthworks, moats, etc. In 1140 Hugh
Bigod, who had been created 1st Earl of Norfolk by Stephen, supported
a rebellion against the King and was defeated at Bungay, and the Castle
reduced. Re-instated, Hugh Bigod was again attacked, this time by Henry
II on his accession to the throne, and was defeated and pardoned on condition
that the fortress was dismantled. This was carried out, and it remained
uninhabitable, until 1281. Another Roger Bigod then obtained a licence
to embattle his house, which stood on the old castle site. By 1312 the
Castle had passed to Thomas de Brotherton in the reign of Edward II.
In 1338, a daughter of Brotherton marrying Edward de Montacute the Castle
passed into that family, and again changed ownership by marriage of his
daughter to William de Ufford, Earl of Suffolk. By 1382 an inquisition
reports that the castle was old and ruinous. By 1477 the property had
passed to the Howards and soon after was again consigned to neglect as
a residence. From C16 onwards it changed hands from time to time as a
ruined site until about the year 1800 it passed back to the then Earl
of Norfolk. Quoting from "Excursion through Suffolk" dated 1819 and by
reference to an engraving dated 1818 in the same, this was the condition:-
"The present state of the former edifice .... is now become the habitation
of the lowest sort of people, a great number of hovels being raised against
its walls, and let out to the poor." Scheduled AS.

Listing NGR: TM3354789776

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