Bridgnorth Castle

castle in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England

Bridgnorth Castle is a castle in the town of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England.

Bridgnorth Castle
Shropshire, England
Bridgnorth castle ruins.jpg
Bridgnorth Castle
TypeCastle
Site information
Open to
the public
Yes
ConditionRuined
Site history
In use1101-1647

DetailsEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] After a three-week siege, Cromwell was successful and he ordered that the castle be demolished in 1647.[3]

 
Bridgnorth Castle and surrounding garden

The castle leans at more of an angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa by 4 times.[4]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kathleen Thompson, 'Orderic Vitalis and Robert of Bellême', Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 20 (1994), p. 133
  2. "AboutBridgnorth: Lavington's Hole". AboutBridgnorth. February 23, 2019.
  3. Bridgnorth Castle, ShropshireTourism.co.uk, accessed May 2010
  4. The Leaning Tower of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Time Team, episode aired 18 March 2001, accessed May 2010

SourcesEdit

  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3