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This is a fine example of a motte and bailey castle dating from Norman times.

It is built on the confluence of the rivers Tame and Anker.In the early 1800's the Castle was in a sorry state.But in 1810 it's then owner the Marquis of Townshend laid out the gardens and also extensively renovated the Castle itself, it was also he who built the Castle Lodge, this now houses the Local Studies Centre and a fine Photographic Archive.
Inside the Castle are many splendid rooms open to the public some of which are said to be haunted.
One of the oldest parts of the Castle is the Herringbone masonry wall which is believed to date from around 1180 and is a very fine example of it's kind.
There is also a statue of Aethelflaeda in the Castle Grounds.

Tamworth Castle from an early postcard
Castle Picture

For more information about Tamworth and other Castles
If you approach the Castle from the Market Street entrance you will pass over the remains of the old Gatehouse.The Castle was purchased by the Corporation of Tamworth in 1897 for the sum of 3000 and officially opened to the public in May 1899.

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