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Nunney Castle, Nunney

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Nunney Castle is a medieval castle at Nunney in the English county of Somerset. Built in the late 14th century by Sir John Delamare on the profits of his involvement in the Hundred Years War, the moated castle's architectural style, possibly influenced by the design of French castles, has provoked considerable academic debate. Remodelled during the late 16th century, Nunney Castle was damaged during the English Civil War and is now ruined.
English Heritage maintains the site as a tourist attraction. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner has described Nunney as "aesthetically the most impressive castle in Somerset."
14th centuryNunney Castle was built near the village of Nunney in Somerset by Sir John Delamare. Delamare had been a soldier during the Hundred Years War with France, where he had made his fortune. He obtained a licence to crenellate from Edward III to build a castle on the site of his existing, unfortified manor house in 1373 and set about developing a new, substantial fortification.
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  • This is a out of the way hidden gem. A beautifully maintained medieval castles dating back to 1370. It is located in the middle of the town which in itself is picture perfect. A great local pub rounds...  more »
  • We visited Nunney as it was well reviewed on this site. It's set in a quiet and picturesque little village. The castle itself is quite small but very interesting and is surrounded by a moat. It's pret...  more »
  • Top spot to visit! Free access. Perfectly intact moat with wooden bridge across. Castle is just a shell, but still very impressive in height. Lovely little village with this hidden gem tucked away! Enjoyed time there in winter and summer. #castle #free
  • Had a fantastic day in Nunney. The castle and moat very picturesque. The 4 mile walk was beautiful along the river bank and great views across the fields. The Goerge Inn a perfect venue for lunch.
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