Clun Castle







The Anglo Saxon Lord, Eadric the Wild, owned the land around Clun, as well as extensive estates in Herefordshire, prior to the Norman invasion. Despite the armed resistance of him and his Welsh allies to the Normans, he finally had to capitulate in 1070.


Clun Castle was erected by the Norman lord Robert de Say in wood but was quickly replaced by stone. It stood on a motte overlooking the Saxon church and village across the river. The Marcher castle came into the hands of the Fitz Alan family by marriage to Isabella de Say, around 1165.


The castle was besieged and burnt by the Welsh in 1196 and it was their son William who built the large keep prominent in the ruins today, replacing a smaller earlier one. It was build to provide more luxurious accommodation but it was not very strong defensively.


Unusually the four storied keep was built on the slope of the motte with two floors partly below ground. The curtain wall had round towers taken from a Normandy design which would be copied later at the nearby fortified houses at Wattleborough and Stokesay. It was also William who laid out the burgages between the castle and Hospital Lane which now constitute the centre of the town.


The castle, used to subdue the Welsh, suffered many attacks including one failed attempt in 1233 when the village of Clun was destroyed.


In 1284 when Wales was conquered by Edward I, the Marcher castles became obsolete and the Fitz Alan family moved into their larger Arundel Castle by the 14th century and converted Clun into a hunting lodge.


Clun began to deteriorate and was abandoned by the Civil War when it was slighted.



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Clun Castle


The Earthworks


The Great Keep


Inside the Secure Living Accommodation