This little ruin in the heart of the Breckland of southern Norfolk is a very early example of a fortified manor house rather than a keep. It was built by the De Plaiz family in Norman times, a vague motte stands in one corner of the site which may have indicated an earlier construction. Whereas most Castles of its period, late 12th Century, would have been great keeps or motte and baileys converted into stone, Weeting has a small moat and a hall with a tower at one end - a vogue which didn't fully arrive until the end of the next century.
Sadly time has not been that kind to Weeting Castle and its ruins are in quite a sorry state with the poor Norfolk stone being very badly eroded.
The Castle is owned by English Heritage and is freely accessible.
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