Wilton Castle is believed to have been constructed sometime in the 2nd half of the 12th century out of the red sandstone that was locally available and can be seen in the cliffs around Ross.
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It may have originally been designed as a monastery but the first stage of the castle was a Norman earthwork motte and bailey fortress. Later, in the 14th century, the fortifications were added when a rectangular keep and a twin-towered gatehouse were built into the existing curtain wall which was then flanked with octagonal and round towers.
During the 16th century a mansion house was built within the walls where the keep and gatehouse had been but this was destroyed by fire around a hundred later during the Civil War. The house was reconstructed in the 19th century and is still in use today.
The main structure of the castle still stands up to battlement height but is now in a state of disrepair and overgrown although work has been done recently to try to stabilise the walls.
Wilton Castle has expansive gardens featuring Old English Roses.
For more details on Wilton Castle, its restoration, gardens and open days please see http://www.wiltoncastle.co.uk.
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