Bridgnorth Castle

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Bridgnorth Castle
Shropshire, England
Bridgnorth castle ruins.jpg
Bridgnorth Castle
TypeCastle
Site information
Open to
the public
Yes
ConditionRuined
Site history
In use1101-1647

Bridgnorth Castle is a castle in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England.

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The castle was founded in 1101 by Robert de Belleme. He tortured men and women and was even said to have gouged his godson's eyes out with his own fingernails.[1]

During the English Civil War, in 1646, Oliver Cromwell and his cavaliers attacked roundhead Bridgnorth. By the time the castle was in ruins, the entire town was on fire.[2] After a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished in 1647.[3]

Bridgnorth Castle and surrounding garden

The castle leans at more of an angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa by 4 times.[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Kathleen Thompson, 'Orderic Vitalis and Robert of Bellême', Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 20 (1994), p. 133
  2. "AboutBridgnorth: Lavington's Hole". AboutBridgnorth. February 23, 2019.
  3. Bridgnorth Castle, ShropshireTourism.co.uk, accessed May 2010
  4. The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Time Team, episode aired 18 March 2001, accessed May 2010

Sources[change | change source]

  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3