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Bridgnorth Castle and Grounds, Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth Castle is a castle in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire beside the River Severn.DetailsThe castle was founded in 1101 by Robert de Belleme, the son of the French Earl, Roger de Montgomery, who succeeded his father to become the Earl of Shrewsbury. Its principal feature, a square great tower, was built during the reign of Henry II.During the Civil War, Bridgnorth was one of the Midlands' main Royalist strongholds and in 1642 many Royalist troops were garrisoned there. In 1646, Cromwell’s Roundheads arrived with orders to take Bridgnorth for the Parliamentarians from the garrison led by Sir Robert Howard. Following a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished. By 1647 little of the structure remained. The Parliamentarians left it much as it is today, the stone from the castle being taken and used to repair the town's damaged buildings.Parts of the great tower still remain, but because of the damage caused during the Civil War, it now leans at an angle of 15 degrees, 4 times the lean of the leaning tower of Pisa. The castle grounds were excavated over three days by archaeological television programme Time Team, clarifying the layout of the castle and the history of its construction.
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  • Im 64 and mom and dad use to take us to this park even in winter with a small flask of tomato soup we didn't get much we were a family of six and had to take turns with the cup looking up in wonder at...  more »
  • The castle, what remains of it, is a curio. How come the wall is still staning is a wonder. The surrounding gardens are beautiful in the summer with open spaces and plenty of benches. Recommended.  more »
  • Excellently tended gardens with a wonderful view over the lower level of Bridgnorth. The park contains a Vintage Caravan that serves delicious Gelati and Waffles.  more »
  • Lovely town with nice park where castle is located.
  • This piece of ruined castle wall is amazing in that it is still standing! It was blown up by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War in 1646 and has remained at a gravity defying angle ever since. One can only wonder at the amount of gunpowder used in its destruction. Some years after my first visit to Bridgenorth Castle, I found a similar relic of Cromwell's efforts in Co. Wexford.
  • Beautiful place. Very historic
  • Unusual castle remains which seem to be defying gravity in that there still standing to this day. Certainly worth checking out and while your there be sure to take a walk around the beautifully (award winning) well kept garden where you will also find the WW1 memorial statue.
  • Great walk around the park.