Dunster Castle Panoramic

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house, in the village of Dunster, Somerset, England. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. After the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset. A stone shell keep was built on the motte by the start of the 12th century, and the castle survived a siege during the early years of the Anarchy. At the end of the 14th century, the de Mohuns sold the castle to the Luttrell family, who continued to occupy the property until the late 20th century.

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Playing in the Stream

Children playing in the river Avill at Gallox Bridge, Dunster. This late medieval stone bridge – originally ‘gallows bridge’ – across the River Avill once carried packhorses bringing fleeces from Exmoor to the Somerset market town of Dunster. The town had become a centre of the wool trade by the 13th century, when it was the main source of England’s wealth.

 

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Tall Tree Trial Exmoor

Tall Tree Trial within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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Tall Tree Skyline

Circle of trees within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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#iPhone #photography : #Dunster Donkeys

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Saint Georges Church #Exmoor



The Priory Church of St George in Dunster, Somerset, England, is predominantly 15th-century with evidence of 12th- and 13th-century work. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[/caption] been designated as a Grade I listed building.