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Castle Cary

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"CASTLE CARY, a parish and market town in the hundred of Catsash, in the county of Somerset, 3 miles to the W. of Bruton, and 129 miles from London by railway, or 113 miles by road. It is a post town, and a station on the Wilts and Somerset section of the Great Western railway. The parish is situated in a beautiful country, and contains the hamlets of Clanville, Dimmer, and Cockhill. Here was anciently a castle, which, in the reign of Stephen, belonged to Lord Lovell, and was garrisoned by him against the king. The Lovells held the estate till the 25th Edward III., it then passed by marriage to the Lords St. Maur, and from them, in the same manner, to the Lords Zouche, who held it till the reign of Henry VII. Charles II. is said to have taken refuge here after the battle of Worcester. The site of the castle is traceable, but no remains exist of the building." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


References in the British Library:
  • Official Guide to the Parish of Castle Cary, Somerset. With map and illustrations Home Publishing Co., Croydon, [1949-54.]


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