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Richards Castle

Richards Castle
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    Garner Southall Partnership
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    Principal Contractor
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Considering that this was among the very first castles built under the Saxon King, Edward the Confessor, it is very fortunate that there is still so much to see.
Many features have survived, such as the octagonal keep, gatehouse and sections of curtain wall along with a very dilapidated but still impressive square tower and circular dovecote.
Richard’s Castle was built in 1050 by Richard FitzScrob and was referred to as Auretone Castle in the Domesday Book of 1086. It has passed through such notable families as the Mortimers, Talbots and the Popes and is now owned by the Salway family, who acquired the scheduled ancient monument in the 17th century.

The conservation team was led by architect and historic buildings specialist Mike Garner of Garner Southall Partnership and included representatives from English Heritage, Natural England and Shropshire and Herefordshire Councils.

Cbs also worked closely with ecologist Jonny Birks to help manage the sites sensitive environment and archaeologist Tim Morgan to carefully uncover and reveal some facinating new features before consolidating, repointing and in some instances rebuilding support for the masonry walls.

The works to consolidate these early remains are now complete and along with some careful and considered land management the once indistinguishable ruin has now been transformed into an exciting and informative visitor attraction offering a managable ramble over ancient fortifications and stunningly beatiful woodland. 

This project encompasses the following services

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