Bolingbroke Castle, Old Bolingbroke

Bolingbroke Castle is a ruined castle in Bolingbroke (or Old Bolingbroke) Lincolnshire, England.ConstructionMost of the castle is built of Spilsby greenstone, as are several nearby churches. The local greenstone is a limestone that proved to be porous, prone to rapid deterioration when exposed to weather and a substandard building material. The castle was constructed as an irregular polygonal enclosure. The castle is one of the earliest examples of a uniform castle designed and built without a keep. It was originally surrounded by a large water-filled moat wide. The curtain wall was up to feet thick and defended by five D-shaped towers and a twin-towered gate house.Similar to another castle built by Ranulf during the same period at Beeston in Cheshire, Bolingroke had no inner defensive keep. The castle relied instead on thick walls and the five D shaped defensive corner towers. Some design similarities are noted with the contemporary castle at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France that was also constructed without a central donjon.HistoryThe area was first fortified by the Saxons in the 6th or 7th century. In the 12th century the Normans built a Motte-and-bailey on a nearby hill above the settlement of Bolingbroke. The present structure was founded by Ranulf, Earl of Chester, in 1220 shortly after he returned from the Fifth Crusade.
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  • Living a long time ago - this could be home for me. Instead we can all use our imagination - a perfect place for young children to play and mums and dads enjoy tge peace and quiet. (Young children tak...  more »
  • English Heritage have signed these ruins well, and it is easy to visualise how the castle may have been all those years ago. Why it was built here, not even really on a mound, is a bit of a mystery. A...  more »
  • Its always nice to see old castles, and think of all the history that surrounds it. Bolingbroke Castle was the birthplace of Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke ) and was "Slighted" in the English Civil War, ...  more »
  • It's a peaceful tranquil place a bit of local and English history, a lovely place to have a picnic and to enjoy the views. Extra special today as the East Kirkby Aviation Centre was having an air display with a Lancaster Bomber and some Spit Fires, most enjoyable afternoon.
  • Nice place for picnic, some history info, free but not much space for parking
  • Interesting for a short visit. I couldn't really spend more than half an hour here as it's a ruin. Saying that, the sign boards were extremely useful as it's a really picturesque little village with a pub a few metres from the castle. Parking a problem and rather than try and park by the castle entrance it's easier to park in the village and walk a very short distance. It's a seriously atmospheric place with fabulous views. And you can walk along the walls, or what's left of them.
  • Nice place, in some way you can feel the history linked to building, I can imagine it to be very tricky to walk around if it is raining as some of the ground slopes quite steeply, especially around the curtain wall, outside the castle. It's a shame there isn't more space for car parking.
  • A great place to visit on a sunny sunday afternoon. Bring a picnic

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