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Astley Castle

Hob Uid: 335947
Location :
Warwickshire
North Warwickshire
Astley
Grid Ref : SP3116089490
Summary : Ruins of a country house, surrounded by a moat and defensive wall. Originally a 13th and 14th century fortified house, licenced in 1266, it was altered in the 15th to 17th centuries and remodelled as a country house circa 1820. The bridge, gatehouse and curtain walls are 13th to 14th century.
More information : ASTLEY CASTLE (GT)
MOAT (GT). (1)

Astley Castle is surrounded by a moat and defensive wall. It is built of red and grey sandstone and has a semi-castellated appearance. Though in the form of its window and details the house would seem to belong to the middle of the 15th. cent., in its general plan and design this evidence is not born out. The explanation of this difference between plan and detail is probably that the materials of the older house that stood here was re-used in Queen Elizabeth's time in its re-erection. (2)

The outside of Astley Castle gives one the impression of an early 19th cent. imitation castellated structure; there are parts of the masonry, chiefly on the west side, which appear to be medieval, and within, some of the walls are of considerable thickness and probably ancient.

It stands on an island with a wide, deep moat, a short distance north of the Collegiate Church of Astley. There was a manor house here from quite early times and the Astleys took their name from the place, living here from the reign of Henry II until after the battle of Evesham. (3)

Astley Castle, now a hotel, as previously described. The Md. work cannot be identified in the fabric which exhibits many periods of construction. See photographs. To the north-west of the castle is a small fish-pond complex. Moat and pounds only resurveyed at 1/2500. (4)

Astley Castle, country house. Originally a fortified house. C13th and C14th origins, altered in the C15th-C17th, remodelled as a country house ca.1820. The bridge, gatehouse and curtain walls are C13th-C14th, altered in the early C19th. Grade II*. (5)

Additional references. (6-8)

Listed by Cathcart King. (9)

The castle is associated with three Queenns of England: Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, her daughter Elizabeth of Yoprk, married to Henry VII, and Lady Jane Grey, who `rigned' for nine days in 1553. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1978 and is now in a perilous state. As much as is reasonablypossible to retain of the original fabric will be retained in a restoration to the design of Witherford, Watson and Mann. (10)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : O.S. 6" Prov. Edn. 1923/38.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : 'Old Warw. Houses'. 1878. 16-17. (Illus.) (W.Niven.)
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : 'Castles in Warw.' 25. (P.B.Chatwin.)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 23-MAR-68
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Borough of North Warwickshire Mar-1988 9-10.
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Source Number : 6
Source : The Victoria history of the county of Warwick: volume six: Knightlow Hundred
Source details : (While JH)
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Vol(s) : 1951
Source Number : 7
Source : Warwickshire
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Vol(s) : 1966
Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : The Making of a Warwickshire Country House. Warw Local Hist Soc Occ Paper 4 1982 4,18,53. (Tyack G)
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Source Number : 9
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Source Number : 10
Source : The Castle Studies Group Journal
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Vol(s) : 21, 2007-8

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Fishpond
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C13 (from 1266) to C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1266
Monument Type : Fortified House, Gatehouse, Curtain Wall, Bridge, Moat
Evidence : Ruined Building, Structure, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C17
Monument End Date : 1632
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Early C19 alterations
Monument End Date : 1832
Monument Start Date : 1800
Monument Type : Gatehouse, Curtain Wall, Bridge
Evidence : Ruined Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Remodelled c1820
Monument End Date : 1830
Monument Start Date : 1810
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Ruined Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 21541
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 309103
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 309104
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 38 NW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 38 NW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1968-03-23
End Date : 1968-03-23
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT ASTLEY CASTLE
Activity type : DENDROCHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 1997-12-31