Not a great deal is left of Merdon Castle, but it is one of those romantic ruins and pleasant surprises that made wandering around England for seven years really worthwhile. When you expect nothing much to find such a pretty spot is a great reward.
The Castle itself has little exciting history, it was built - like many near Winchester - by Henry de Blois, Bishop of Winchester around 1138. When Henry II came to the throne Merdon was declared as "adulterine" and supposedly destroyed, although not a very good job was done of the destruction as the Gatehouse remains to this day.
The Castle is on private land, but access can be had with permission.
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