Crow Castle, Crewkerne

Has been described as a Rejected Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameCrow Castle, Crewkerne
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySomerset
Modern AuthoritySomerset
1974 AuthoritySomerset
Civil ParishCrewkerne

To the west of North Road is a field marked on the 1st Edition map as Crow Castle. The discovery of 12th-century pottery on the site combined with its name makes it a contender for the site of Crofts Castle, a medieval manor documented from the 13th century. However, Castle Hill in West Crewkerne parish has also been suggested as the centre of the Croft estate (Dunning 1977). (Richardson, 2003)

Gatehouse Comments

The discovery of foundations of a Norman masonry tower in 2011 at Croft Castle resolved any discussion over the location of Baldwin de Reviers C12 castri de cruca and the centre of the Croft (Craft) estate. The castle name is unexplained although this could, of course, have been simply the site of a rookery. (A hedgerow with two trees at this point shown on the 1889 map has now been removed.)

- Philip Davis

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST438105
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  • Time Team (Mike Aston et al), 2012, April 1 (1st broadcast), 'How to Lose a Castle' Time Team TV Programme (Time Team, a Videotext/Picture House production for Channel 4) view online
  • Prior, Stuart, 2004, "Winning Strategies" An Archaeological Study of Norman Castles in the Landscapes of Somerset, Monmouthshire and County Meath, 1066-1186 (PhD thesis; University of Bristol) Vol. 2 p. 121 (Reject) Download via EThOS
  • Miranda Richardson, 2003, English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey An archaeological assessment of Crewkerne p. 8 online copy