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At last the weather looked as if it was improving a bit. It was a cold, dry sunny day so we decided to explore the village of Castle Acre in Norfolk. This small village boasts an extraordinary wealth of history. The village in the 11th and 12th centuries was located on a major trade and pilgrim to Thetford, Bromholm Priory and Walsingham. The village is a rare example of a Norman planned settlement which includes a castle, town, parish church and a monastery. All of this was built by the Norman baronial Warennes family.

We started our exploration at the Castle Acre Priory which was founded in about 1090. The ruins of the priory were magnificent which reflected the French Cluny style architecture and decoration.

From there we walked through the lovely village through the Bailey gate to explore the remains of the old castle with its immense system of colossal banks and ditches. It was a huge site and must have been magnificent in its day.

An interesting day.

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