TQ1620 : Knepp Castle

taken 3 years ago, near to West Grinstead, West Sussex, Great Britain

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Knepp Castle
Knepp Castle
Built sometime in the 12th century by the De Braose family who were in charge of the Rape of Bramber and custodians of the castle. Its origins were possibly as a hunting lodge which was later fortified for safety reasons. The stone keep was added around 1214 during the civil strife that punctuated the reign of King John. John himself stayed here on a number of occasions and took possession in 1208 when he confiscated it from the De Braoses. The castle returned to non-royal ownership after the death of John though Henry III regained control in the 1230s. By that point it appears the building had reverted to its original use as a hunting lodge. It remained inhabited until the early 16th century after which it fell into disrepair gaining its present form by the 1720s. Stone from the castle was used in the construction of the Horsham-Steyning turnpike that opened in 1764 and was probably still being taken when the Burrell family, owners of the Knepp estate, fence it off in 1825 and bolstered the remains.

The remaining fragment believed to be the west part of the north wall is 36 feet high mostly made of Horsham stone with a buttress on the northern side made from sandstone ashlar. A ground floor door survives along with a much larger opening on the first floor which is either a door or window.

See also TQ1620 : Knepp Castle and TQ1620 : Former Moat, Knepp Castle.
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TQ1620, 68 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 24 July, 2016
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Castle (remains of)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1635 2089 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:58.5407N 0:20.6469W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1637 2090
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