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In 1200, King John granted the town a charter which allowed William Brewer to build a castle, to create a borough outside of its walls and to hold a market and fair. Bridgwater Castle was a substantial structure being built in old red sandstone it covered an area of some 8 to 9 acres. A moat of up to 20 metres wide surrounded the castle in what is now Fore Street and Castle Moat, and between Northgate and Chandos Street.
Image of the castle mansion house Image of Castle ruins by John Chubb
An engraving by John Chubb shows the seventeenth century mansion house which once occupied the site of the castle keep. These were demolished to permit the development of part of King Square. In the background is Castle Street which was partly built by 1723.
Painting of Castle Entrance by John Stuckey
Impression of the Castle Entrance by Mr John Stuckey
Image of street map 13th century Image of castle impresion by Michael Stirling
Impression of Bridgwater Castle by Mr Michael Stirling
Castle Ruins by John Chubb a local merchant and artist 1746-1818
A west view of Bridgwater Castle in Somersetshire from the George III collection
Siege of Bridgwater 1645
The main entrance was opposite the Cornhill in the area of York Buildings. The complex included a dungeon, chapel, stables, a dovecote, a bell tower and agricultural buildings. A 12ft portion of the castle wall and water gate can be found on West Quay, and remains of what is thought to be a building within the walls of the castle can be seen in Queen Street. During excavations to construct Homecastle House in Chandos Street, foundations of the north east tower were found. The castle being built on the only raised ground in the town, controlled the crossing of the River Parrett.
Over the centuries the castle fell into disrepair and certainly by about 1347-48, parts of the moat had been back filled and built over and some walls had been pulled down. During the Siege of Bridgwater in 1645, the castle was either damaged or destroyed. Later, houses were built and the area subsequently redeveloped.
Bridgwater Castle
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In 1200, King John granted the town a charter which allowed William Brewer to build a castle, to create a borough outside of its walls and to hold a market and fair. Bridgwater Castle was a substantial structure being built in old red sandstone it covered an area of some 8 to 9 acres. A moat of up to 20 metres wide surrounded the castle in what is now Fore Street and Castle Moat, and between Northgate and Chandos Street.
Image of Castle ruins by John Chubb
Castle Ruins by John Chubb a local merchant and artist 1746-1818
The main entrance was opposite the Cornhill in the area of York Buildings. The complex included a dungeon, chapel, stables, a dovecote, a bell tower and agricultural buildings. A 12ft portion of the castle wall and water gate can be found on West Quay, and remains of what is thought to be a building within the walls of the castle can be seen in Queen Street. During excavations to construct Homecastle House in Chandos Street, foundations of the north east tower were found. The castle being built on the only raised ground in the town, controlled the crossing of the River Parrett.
Image of castle impresion by Michael Stirling
Impression of Bridgwater Castle by Mr Michael Stirling
Over the centuries the castle fell into disrepair and certainly by about 1347-48, parts of the moat had been back filled and built over and some walls had been pulled down. During the Siege of Bridgwater in 1645, the castle was either damaged or destroyed. Later, houses were built and the area subsequently redeveloped.
Image of the castle mansion house
An engraving by John Chubb shows the seventeenth century mansion house which once occupied the site of the castle keep. These were demolished to permit the development of part of King Square. In the background is Castle Street which was partly built by 1723.
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Bridgwater’s Heritage