Belvoir Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Other/Unknown), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle

There are masonry footings remains

NameBelvoir Castle
Alternative NamesBelver; Beluaco
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishBelvoir

Late C11 castle built by Robert de Todeni. The fortifications were strengthened in C13 but eventually the castle fell into disrepair. Rebuilding began in C16 but it was demolished in 1649. The eighth Earl of Manners of Rutland built a new mansion in 1655-68 on a courtyard plan and this was remodelled by James Wyatt and Sir John Thoroton between 1801-30 in the style of a Medieval castle. The present building is built on a irregular plan with asymmetrical facades in Romantic Mixed Gothic style. The four corner towers mark the extent of the medieval and Tudor building and contain surviving masonry. Elaborate interior. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Licence to crenellate issued 1267 to Robert de Ros. Landscape much altered but it is clear Belvoir was built as a what it still remains - a grand house in large pleasure grounds. Providing a grand residence to enjoy hunting was the prime medieval function of this house and the fortifications, which may well have been quite strong, were symbolic of the status of the castle residents.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK820337
Latitude52.8946418762207
Longitude-0.782410025596619
Eastings482000
Northings333700
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Books

  • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) passim
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 34
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 138
  • Furtado, Peter et al (eds), 1988, Ordnance Survey guide to castles in Britain (London) p. 134
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; revised by Elizabeth Williamson with Geoffrey K Brandwood, 1984, Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland (Harmondsworth) p. 62-65
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 186
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 105
  • Hoskins, W.G. (ed), 1954, VCH Leicestershire Vol. 2 p. 184
  • Armitage, Ella, 1912, The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles (London: John Murray) p. 102-3 online copy
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Wall, C., 1907, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm, (ed), VCH Leicestershire Vol. 1 p. 255-6 (plan) online copy
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 410-12 online copy
  • Timbs, J. and Gunn, A., 1872, Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England and Wales Vol. 2 (London) p. 342-7 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 236, 403 online copy
  • Eller, 1841, History of Belvoir Castle (London)
  • Flower, J., 18225, Views of ancient buildings in the town and county of Leicester (Leicester: W.Day) online copy
  • Nichols, J., 1795, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire Vol. 2 p. 22
  • Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel, 1774, Buck's Antiquities (London) Vol. 1 p. 158-9

Antiquarian

  • Camden, Wm, 1607, Britannia (placed in Lincolnshire) hypertext critical edition by Dana F. Sutton (2004)
  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 282, 299, 351
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 97-8 online copy

Journals

  • Speight, Sarah, 2008, ''Castles as Past Culture: Living with Castles in the Post-Medieval World' Cha^teau Gaillard Vol. 23 p. 385-94
  • Creighton, O.H., 1997, 'Early Leicestershire Castles: Archaeology and Landscape History' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 71 p. 31 online copy
  • Harfield, C.G., 1991, 'A Hand-list of Castles Recorded in the Domesday Book' English Historical Review Vol. 106 p. 371-392 view online copy (subscription required)
  • Thompson, M.W., 1986, 'Associated monasteries and castles in the Middle Ages: a tentative list' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 143 p. 308
  • Cantor, Leonard, 1977-8, 'The Medieval Castles of Leicestershire' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 53 p. 35 online copy
  • Brown, R. Allen, 1959, 'A List of Castles, 1154–1216' English Historical Review Vol. 74 p. 249-280 (Reprinted in Brown, R. Allen, 1989, Castles, conquest and charters: collected papers (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 90-121) view online copy (subscription required)
  • Hussey, 1956, Country Life Vol. 120 p. 1402-5 (suggested traces of the old castle)
  • Walker, John Holland,, 1937, 'Belvoir Castle' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 41 p. 87-90
  • Round, J.H., 1907, 'The origin of Belvoir Castle' English Historical Review Vol. 22 p. 508-10 available via JSTOR
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 210 (mislocated in Rutland) online copy
  • W.D., 1873, The Antiquary Vol. 3 p. 229-31 (not very useful)

Guide Books

  • The Duke of Rutland, n.d., Belvoir Castle (Derby: English Life Publications)

Primary Sources

  • Hardy, T.D. (ed.), 1844, Rotuli de Liberate ac de Misis et Praestitis Regnante Johanne (Record Commission) p. 34 view online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1913, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry III (1266-72) Vol. 6 p. 33 online copy
  • Dugdale, William (Caley, J., Ellis, H. and Bandinel, B. (eds)), 1817-30 (originally pub. 1655-73), Monasticon Anglicanum (London) Vol. 3 p. 288 (mention of castellum in 1088 priory foundation charter) online copy
  • Rickard, John, 2002, The Castle Community. The Personnel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422 (Boydell Press) (lists sources for 1272-1422) p. 284-5