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England - South West - Somerset - Somerton Castle, Somerset

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Somerton Castle has now disappeared. Late in the 16th century a portion of the surrounding walls was standing together with a round bastion tower. The materials were used to construct a goal on its site somewhere in close proximity to the present White Hart Inn (Barnett). Externally there are no remains of the castle walls in either the White Hart Inn or the adjoining buildings (OS record 1966). "There is a tradition that its (the castles) dungeons once imprisoned French Royalty and remain under the Market Square" (Hayter). Somerset HER)

Listed by Harvey but King writes "Sometimes said to have had a castle but this is a mistake for the castle at Somerton Lincolnshire." Dunning writes was built as the county goal from 1280 -1371 (replacing Ilchester) and was regularly referred to as Somerton Castle in assizes records.