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|County||Dorset (7 castles)||Categories||Stone / Norman Square Keep / Baronial castle|
|Remains||Small amount survives||Access||Only open at certain times|
|Comments||Apart from the gatehouse and sections of the keep not too much above ground level survives but there is enough to get an idea of how impressive this castle would have been.|
|Location||50.94955,-2.502458||Directions||Directions via Google Maps|
|Dorset (7 castles)|
|Stone / Norman Square Keep / Baronial castle|
|Small amount survives|
|Only open at certain times|
|Apart from the gatehouse and sections of the keep not too much above ground level survives but there is enough to get an idea of how impressive this castle would have been.|
|Directions via Google Maps|
This image shows an artistic impression
Built by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury.
King Stephen arrested Roger, the Bishop of Salisbury. Bishop Roger was a powerful landowner and had several castles. Stephen also arrested Alexander, the bishop of Lincoln and had him imprisoned. Stephen wanted to take control to bishop Roger's castles and the bishop was taken to his castle at Devizes where he was held captive outside the walls and starved until the castle surrendered. Roger's son was also captured and tortured until the castle finally fell to the King. Roger's castle at Sherborne was also captured by Stephen. The castles at Newark and Sleaford in Lincolnshire belonging to bishop Alexander were forced to surrender to the King using the same underhand tactics.
King Edward III gave the castle at Sherborne to the Earl of Salisbury.
Robert Wyvil, the Bishop of Salisbury regained control of the castle at Sherborne.
After a two week siege the castle at Sherborne fell to the Parliamentarians.
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