The castle was founded in 1101 by Robert de Belleme. He tortured men and women and was even said to have gouged his godson's eyes out with his own fingernails.
During the English Civil War, in 1646, Oliver Cromwell and his cavaliers attacked roundhead Bridgnorth. By the time the castle was in ruins, the entire town was on fire. After a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished in 1647.
- Kathleen Thompson, 'Orderic Vitalis and Robert of Bellême', Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 20 (1994), p. 133
- "AboutBridgnorth: Lavington's Hole". AboutBridgnorth. February 23, 2019.
- Bridgnorth Castle Archived 2018-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, ShropshireTourism.co.uk, accessed May 2010
- The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Time Team, episode aired 18 March 2001, accessed May 2010