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Hartlebury Castle in Worcestershire was built in the mid-13th century as a fortified manor house on land given to the Bishop of Worcester by King Burghred of West Mercia in 854 CE. It lies near Stourportmarker town in north Worcestershire. The manor of Hartleburymarker belonged to the bishops of Worcester from before the Norman Conquest. The castle was thus one of the residences of the medieval bishops and their principal residence in later periods.

From the early 13th century until 2007, Hartlebury Castle was the residence of the Bishop of Worcester. With the coming of a new Bishop, Bishop Inge, the residence was moved to a house adjacent to the Cathedralmarker in the city of Worcester itself.

In 1964 the north wing of the castle was taken over by Worcestershire County Council for the creation of a County Museum and in 1966 the museum was opened to the public. The future of the rest of the historic building (including the Hurd Library, a special gallery built by Bishop Hurd in 1782 and which still contains his extensive and unique collection of books) is at the present time (May 2008) uncertain.

Hartlebury Castle is a Grade I listed building.


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