The castle was built in the 12th century by Roger De Caen, Bishop of Salisbury. After two sieges during the Civil War, the castle was left in ruins in 1645.
May 2013 - The entrance gate and tower.
May 13 - The entrance gateway and tower from within the the bailey.
May 13 - A remaining column within the central ruins.
May 13 - The chapels on the north range.
May 13 - The north gate and barbican. There used to be a lake at the foot of these steps.
May 13 - The entrance tower from down in the moat.
Aug 13 - A wider view of the Castle remains.
Jun 14 - A return visit on a much brighter day.
Jun 14 - Pinks growing high up on the Castle Walls. Sherborne tradition credits Lady Elizabeth Raleigh with having introduced Dianthus caryophyllus ‘Simplex Major’ which is known in the town as Lady Betty’s Pink.
Jun 14 - Arcading on the wall of the upper chapel in the north range.
June 14 - A wider view showing the extent of the inner castle remains.
June 14 - The entrance tower.
June 14 - Another view of the central castle remains.
June 14 - The entrance tower and gateway.
July 14 - A close up of one of the arrowslit windows.
July 14 - The entrance tower.
July 14 - A close view of the Arcading on the upper chapel wall.
July 14 - This view is of the stonework details on the top of the single column in the central structure. This is reputedly the only remaining alteration that Sir Walter Raleigh made to the old castle. Its function was to support the heavy ceilings over the basement rooms.
June 14 - A rather grey sky in the shot of the old castle from New Road on our walk home.
Aug 14 - These Bishops Mitres are in the wall of what used to be Bishop Roger's personal chapel.
Aug 14 - The view out through the south western gatehouse.