Stowey Castle (also known as
Nether Stowey Castle) was a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, built in the 11th
century, in the village of Nether Stowey on the Quantock Hills in Somerset, England.
The Castle is sited on a small isolated knoll of Leighland Slates
of the Devonian
series, about high. It
consisted of a square keep, (which may have been stone, or a wooden
superstructure on stone foundations) and its defences, and an outer
and an inner bailey. The mount is above the wide ditch which itself
is deep. The motte has a flat top with two large and two small
mounds as the edge which may be sites of towers. Central area
occupied by approximately square foundations by with internal
The blue lias
rubble walling is the only
visible structural remains of the castle which stand on a conical
earthwork with a ditch approximately in circumference.
The castle was destroyed in the 15th century, which may have been
as a penalty for the local Lord Audley
's involvement in
the Second Cornish
Uprising of 1497
led by Perkin
. Some of the stone was used in the building of Stowey
Court in the village.