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Hopton Castle

Hopton Castle

Hopton Castle is a ruined castle keep situated outside the village of Hopton Heath. There was a settlement there before the Norman Conquest but the building that exists today was most likely built in the 13th century but in a style to suggest an earlier date. During the civil war it was owned by the Wallops who where parliamentarians in a part of the country dominated by forces loyal to King Charles. A garrison of 30 men commanded by Colonel Samuel More (who kept a diary of the events) was held siege for 30 days by Prince Rupert Royalists. Although More lived to become the governor of Montgomery Castle, many of the surrendered troops were brutally killed, and ‘Hopton Quarter’ became a byword for treacherous treatment by opponents. You can see a film of the siege of Hopton Castle here.

The castle was restored and opened to the public in 2011. Admission is free.