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The History of Weeting Castle

LocationWeeting, Norfolk, England (Google Map Location)
Open for VisitorsYes
Owned ByEnglish Heritage
Official WebsiteWeeting Castle
Rooms AvailableNone

Weeting Castle is an archaic manor house from the medieval age, close to the town of Weeting in Norfolk, England. It is an extraordinary example of a splendid manor house from the twelfth century, although it is in ruins now.

History of Weeting Castle

Weeting Castle, the grand manor house, was constructed around 1180 by the tenant of William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, a man by the name Hugh de Plais. The Earl lived at a neighbouring Castle Acre, whose grandeur probably propelled Hugh to build Weeting Castle. It was the home of the de Plais family until the late fourteenth century, after which the property was passed by a union to the Howards, Earls of Norfolk, and was later forsaken.

The site has a long history of utilization, from the tenth century until the late eighteenth century. After the castle was left to ruin, it was used as a decorative component inside the grounds of the now-annihilated Weeting Hall. An icehouse was constructed to store ice gathered from the nearby channel. Archaeological unearthings at the southern flank of the lobby had found trenches, post-openings, and stoneware dating to the Saxon time frame, proposing that a Saxon settlement existed here before the stone corridor was constructed.


Weeting Castle
Weeting Castle”, by Ashley Dace, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Regardless of its name, Weeting Castle was rarely fortified. The rectangular channel that encompasses the structure was included in the mid-thirteenth century. Its main role was not to guard; it was created to show the financial wellness of the de Plais family.

The manor house housed three areas running south to north: a chamber block, the primary lobby, and an assistance wing. The chamber square, or pinnacle, was three stories tall, with thick dividers constructed using stone rubble and ashlar. The ground floor comprised an under-croft, supporting solar – private chambers – above. The chamber square was accessible by a flight of stairs on the primary floor, and an inner newel flight of stairs in the northwest corner connected the various floors.

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