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Remains of Baconsthorpe Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Baconsthorpe, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.8991 / 52°53'56"N

Longitude: 1.152 / 1°9'7"E

OS Eastings: 612096

OS Northings: 338168

OS Grid: TG120381

Mapcode National: GBR T9M.B1C

Mapcode Global: WHLR2.NDRB

Plus Code: 9F43V5X2+JQ

Entry Name: Remains of Baconsthorpe Castle

Listing Date: 30 September 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1049845

English Heritage Legacy ID: 224554

Location: Baconsthorpe, North Norfolk, Norfolk, NR25

County: Norfolk

District: North Norfolk

Civil Parish: Baconsthorpe

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Baconsthorpe St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

Tagged with: Archaeological site Fortified manor house

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7/1 Remains of Baconsthorpe


Remains of castle, c.1460-86, built for John Heydon (died 1480) and Sir Henry
Heydon (died 1504). Flint with some brick. Square court 30m across, complete
curtain walls reduced to 3-4 metres, central 3-storeyed gatehouse to south;
remains of roofless 2 storey range to east; moat to south, west and north,
wide mere to east. Roofless gatehouse of 3 bays with central 2-storeyed
projection for draw bridge, coursed knapped and galletted flint, string
course at 1st floor, 4-centred arch opening to left and right, ground floor,
having moulded stone surrounds under voussoirs of alternate flint and tiles;
2 openings to 1st floor, three to 2nd floor include stone mullioned 2-light
window with 4 centred heads as now in Baconsthorpe Hall (qv 7/2). Brick
culverts to moat from below ground floor gardrobes, single to left, double
to right. Passageway with remains of tierceron stone vaulting, 4-centred
stone doorways to left and right rooms each with brick groined vaults.
Remants of stair turret at rear to west. Remnants of 2-storeyed range along
east wall, C16, in coursed galletted whole iron stained and knapped flints,
5 bays, central brick doorway with segmental arch, 4 renewed 4-light square
headed windows, mullions and transoms in wood. Remains of 3 storeyed square
tower at north corner, base of round tower to northwest corner, and two to
west wall. South wall, west, with 5 double loopholes. Castle was principal
residence of Heydon family, demolished after Civil War. S.E. Rigold:
Baconsthorpe Castle, H.M.S.0, 1966. Castle in care of English Heritage.
Scheduled Ancient Monument, Norfolk: 144.

Listing NGR: TG1209638168

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