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Bagot's Castle

Bagots CastleBagot's Castle is open every weekend during April and October and Bank Holidays 12:00 to 17:00 hours, and by special appointment at other times via their website. The site has a picnic area.  You can also see the remains of a gazebo built for Baginton Hall, the former tank testing area and walk across the fields alongside fish ponds and woodland area.

See the Bagot’s Castle website www.bagotscastle.org.uk  to arrange a visit.

Ordnance Survey Map Grid Reference - SP34137474

 To help to raise funds for the consolidation works on the castle, copies of the book "Baginton after the Bromleys" are currently on sale for £12 and can be purchased from the Custodian of Bagot's Castle, David Hewer, or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The site is located at the end of Church Road, Baginton, West Midlands. CV8 3AR

c.1100-35 – An early motte castle was constructed

1200s - The De Derlye family founded a fortified manor house

1381 - Sir Richard Herthill sold the castle to Sir William Bagot, who subsequently built the stone castle.

1397 - Richard II is reputed to have stayed in the tower of Bagot’s Castle on the night before the infamous duel between Henry Bolinbroke and Thomas Mowbray was scheduled to take place.

1417 - The Earl of Warwick bought the castle.

1471 - The castle was sold to the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick and seems to have fallen out of use.

1544 - The castle passed to the Gooderes, having been described in records a few years earlier as being desolate.

1618 - The Bromleys bought the castle and Sir William Bromley, abandoning the old site, built Baginton Hall on land to the west of the church.

1706 - Baginton Hall burnt down and was replaced by a new house. The original castle site was landscaped as a park.

1714 - A gazebo was built overlooking the river; it was used as the Hall’s summer pavilion.

1889 - Baginton Hall burnt down. This time it was not replaced.


Bagots Castle

The current Baginton Castle, or Bagot's Castle as it was known, was built c.1397 by Sir William Bagot. This castle with its keep was erected on the site of the earlier fortified manor house of motte and bailey construction. As an eminent nobleman, Sir William Bagot is believed to have played host to many distinguished guests at the castle, including the Duke of Hereford, who later became Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke).

After passing through several hands, the castle fell into ruin by the mid 1500s and remains so to this day. By the 1700s all that remained was the moat and some masonry. Later that century, the moat was filled in and the ruins concealed when the Bromleys extended their pleasure garden.

In the mid 1900s, excavation at the site uncovered the foundations of the 14th century keep with remains found of the rectangular tower, a projecting stair turret and a garderobe. The lower floor of the building was found to contain five vaulted rooms and there was also evidence of the moat recorded at this time. The walls of the keep were 1.5m thick and the tower measured 16m by 24m. A lot of heraldic floor tiles have been found during the excavations. More recently, work has been carried out to clear the site and plans are in place to conserve the ruins.

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