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Caludon Castle Park, Coventry

The park is a modern creation with a variety of facilities. All the more striking are some colossal lime trees along the drive. A journey back through old maps reveals, in the late 19th century, a farmed estate with Caludon House at its centre, approached by a tree-lined drive past the remains of Caludon Castle. They and the trees survive but the rest had gone by the late 1960s (see below).
Author: Robin Stott, 1 October 2016.

The following account is adapted, with permission, from John Brightley's description for image 2063008 Link

Caludon Castle is the only surviving castle ruin in Coventry. Apparently the name is derived from 'calle' (meaning mossy) and 'don' (meaning hill). The original moated castle is thought to have been built c.1279 on a site 100 yards south of this spot - this earlier moat still survives: see image 5137797 Link In the 14th century a new moated castle was constructed by the Lords of Mowbray who were also Dukes of Norfolk. The surviving wall is the north wall of their Great Hall. The Berkeley family acquired the castle c1495. It fell into decay when the Berkeleys left in 1630. Later a farmhouse was built on the site but this was demolished in 1964.

(Information obtained from Friends of Caludon Castle Park at Heritage Open Days 2010 LinkExternal link )
by Robin Stott

Created: Sat, 1 Oct 2016, Updated: Mon, 3 Oct 2016


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SP3780 : Caludon Park Avenue, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Looking southeast in Caludon Castle Park, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Gates to Caludon Castle Park, Farren Road, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Sown wildflowers seeding, Caludon Castle Park, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3779 : Trees on the west side of the original moat, Caludon Castle Park, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Rear of derelict factory in Bodmin Road, Walsgrave, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Gates to Caludon Castle Park, Farren Road, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Remains of Caludon Castle  the context: Caludon Castle Park, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Moat and summer flowers below the castle remains, Caludon Castle Park, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3779 : Trees in treeguards, south corner of Caludon Castle Park, Walsgrave, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Moat on the north side of Caludon Castle remains, Caludon Castle Park, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3779 : Entrance to Caludon Castle Park from Belgrave Road, Walsgrave, Coventry by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Caludon Castle, the remains and the setting by Robin Stott
SP3780 : Big old lime tree, Caludon Castle Park, Wyken, Coventry by Robin Stott


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