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Clare Castle

Clare Castle was built by Richard Fitz shortly after the Norman conquest of England. The exact date of the castle’s construction is unknown, only that the first recordings of the castle appeared in 1090. The motte and bailey structure had two baileys instead of the typical one, and the motte was 259 metres wide and 30 metres tall. The two baileys were protected by deep ditches and steep palisades. In the thirteenth century the castle was improved in stone with a new bailey built.

In the fourteenth century Elizabeth de Clare acquired the castle and her combined estates made her one of the wealthiest women in England. She used the castle as her main residence from 1322 to 1360. By this time the castle was well developed with the addition of four stone towers to protect the inner bailey and the keep called the Auditorstower, Madienstower, Constabletower and Oxfordtower. A water-garden was built and vineyards and orchards surrounded the property. The castle’s three parks were actively used and the staff for Clare Castle included falconers, tailors, chaplains, goldsmiths and 30 knights and squires. The castle’s bakers could produce up to 2,390 loaves of bread a day and on average about 900 gallons of ale were brewed every five days.

After Elizabeth’s death Clare Castle passed onto the Mortimer family by marriage. After 1405 the castle deteriorated and after 1720 the surviving east and south sides of the inner bailey walls were destroyed. In 1867 the Cambridge and Colchester branch of the Great Eastern Railway was built through the castle and the inner bailey was destroyed in order for a new station to be built. The line was closed 100 years later. Today Clare Castle is a feature of Clare Castle Country Park, and the castle consists of a motte, part of the keep, outer bailey earthworks and fragments of the inner bailey stone wall. The castle is a Grade II listed building and is open to the public. Source: Castles of Suffolk Added by Janet Milburn

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Elizabeth de Clare's Timeline

September 16, 1295
Tewkesbury, Gloucester, England
September 13, 1312
Age 17
Ulster, Ireland
March 21, 1316
Age 20
Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
May 23, 1318
Age 22
Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, England
Age 28