Clare Castle is a Scheduled Monument of national importance and is listed in the Suffolk County Council’s Historic Environment Record as site CLA 008 (located at TL 770 451). It is a medieval motte-and-bailey castle of Norman origin that lies adjacent to the River Stour in the southern part of the historic market town of Clare. It was built by the powerful de Clare family in the late 11thcentury as the centre of their extensive Honor of Clare. The earthworks and masonry remains of the castle now form the focus of the Clare Castle Country Park. A railway line and a station were built through the inner bailey to the south of the complex, which opened in 1865 and was eventually closed in 1967.
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