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Published June 28th 2020
Nunney Castle- What a place
Built in the 1370s by a local man newly in the King's favour, Nunney Castle is a Medieval masterpiece. Built in the French style, this is an unusual but very beautiful ruin, hidden in the rolling fields of Somerset.
A visit here will not take long, as the castle is now in a state of preserved ruin, but it is magnificent, and well worth a visit. Nunney is in a remote, rural location, so it is ideal as a stop-off point, perhaps between two other more populated places. If you are exploring Somerset, then stopping here for lunch at The George Pub and a stroll around the castle would be lovely.
Originally built as a family home and status symbol 700 years ago, the castle was used as a fortress. This was most notably so during the English Civil War, when the castle was defended for King Charles. Oliver Cromwell's army bombarded the walls with cannons, and destroyed it so much that it was never able to be fully defended ever again.
This glorious ruin speaks for itself, once you find it. Arrive in Nunney, and you will start immediately to see clues, whether these are signs to the castle itself, or the many streets named after this imposing building.
What a fascinating place Tom. Real historic. The oldest building we have here in Australia is Captain Cook's cottage in Melbourne. As a kid I used to think Captain Cook lived in it before he 'discovered' Australia. I soon learnt it was transported here as were many of our early residents. Neil.