Wareham Castle

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Wareham Castle was a fortification in the town of Wareham in Dorset, England. Situated alongside the River Frome, the castle dates from the early 12th century and was of a motte and bailey design.[1] A Wareham Castle was mentioned in the Domesday Book but it is unclear whether this was a reference to Corfe Castle or Wareham.[2] Excavations carried out in the 1950s revealed the existence of a stone keep which was also constructed in the 12th century.[1] The castle featured prominently in the civil war of 1135–1154, and control of the fortification changed hands between Matilda and Stephen five times.[2] However, after the war the castle fell into ruin.[2][1] It was last mentioned in documents from 1216 but it is unknown when the castle was destroyed.[1] No visible trace of the castle remains apart from the raised earthwork of the motte and a small section of the surrounding ditch.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Wareham Castle". PastScape. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pettifer, Adrian (2002). English Castles: A Guide by Counties. Boydell Press. p. 68. ISBN 0851157823.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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