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Longtown Castle, Longtown

Longtown Castle, also termed Ewias Lacey Castle in early accounts, is a ruined Norman motte-and-bailey fortification in Longtown, Herefordshire. Built around 1175 by Hugh de Lacy, possibly reusing former Roman earthworks, the castle had an unusual design with three baileys and two large enclosures to protect the neighbouring town. Early in the next century the castle was rebuilt in stone, with a circular keep erected on the motte and a gatehouse constructed between the inner and outer western baileys. By the 14th century, Longtown Castle had fallen into decline. Despite being pressed back into use during the Owain Glynd┼Ár rising in 1403, it became ruined. In the 21st century the castle is maintained by English Heritage and operated as a tourist attraction.HistoryEarlier sitesIt is uncertain when the first fortification at Longtown was built. The first defences may have been built during either the Iron Age or Roman, or Anglo-Saxon periods, but this remains uncertain. If Roman defences were constructed at the site, it was probably because of a Roman road that may have run nearby, and the defences may well have then been reused in the building of the current castle, parts of whose earthworks have square, angular corners, similar to those of Roman forts but otherwise unusual in 12th century English castles.
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  • An unusual Castle ruin - the outer walls are there in part, with the central Keep on a higher hill still in decent condition. Parking is not that easy - the little road to the Castle has parking space...  more »
  • What a lovely little castle We went to a wasail the night before and every one walked up to the tower for the pagan celebrations So we went back the following day what a lovely little site plenty of i...  more »
  • An English Heritage site and it's free which can't be bad. Just to get a plug in, why not join English heritage get free entry into all of their properties and help the preservation and up keep of the...  more »
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  • Fantastic sites here, hard to get to but worth it! In better condition than a lot of the castles in area, and a bi to explore. Worth seeing if you're in the area
  • Very interesting castle, hip-pocket gatehouse and imposing shell-keep
  • Love the castle and saw a bird
  • A bit of magic.
  • Typical historical fake. "Keep/Bailey constructed in early- to mid-19th century, on foundations of an unknown building. With phony points of interest including an latrine added later to external wall. Fireplace and flue on north-side, and multiple windows fabricated even later in 20th century.
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