It was a Norman motte and bailey castle which was founded by
Ralph de Buron. In the 1200s King John built a stone castle, adding
a keep, a chapel, a gatehouse and a
barbican. In 1514 it was granted by Henry VIII to the Duke of
Norfolk as a reward for services against the Scots. Later it came
into the possession of the Stanhope family.
The castle is ruined today, damaged by extensive quarrying. There are visible remains of the keep although this is now largely overgrown.
- Horston Castle 1
- Horston Castle 2
- Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3