Castle Acre is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is situated on the River Nar some 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the town of Swaffham. It is 15 miles (24 km) east of the town of King's Lynn, 33 miles (53 km) west of the city of Norwich, and 103 miles (166 km) from London.
Castle Acre Priory
|Area||13.18 km2 (5.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||64/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||103 miles (166 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KING'S LYNN|
|Ambulance||East of England|
The village is most famous for being the location of Castle Acre Castle which was built in 1085 by William de Warenne in order to enforce his control over his East Anglian lands. By the Twelfth Century, the castle passed into the ownership of Hamelin Plantagenet who hosted both King Henry II and King Edward I in Castle Acre. By the Sixteenth Century, the castle lay mainly derelict yet had a procession of illustrious owners including Thomas Howard, Thomas Cecil and Sir Edward Coke. Today, the castle is maintained by English Heritage.
Furthermore, Castle Acre is home to the ruins of Castle Acre Priory which was established in 1090 by William de Warenne for an order of Cluniac monks. The monastery fell into disrepair after Dissolution of the monasteries in the Sixteenth Century. Today, the priory is maintained by English Heritage.
St. James' ChurchEdit
Castle Acre's Parish Church is of Norman origin and is dedicated to Saint James. The church was heavily restored in the Fourteenth Century with further work being completed in the Nineteenth Century by Ewan Christian. 
- William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey- Norman nobleman
- Gundred, Countess of Surrey- Flemish noblewoman
- William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey- Anglo-Norman nobleman
- Elizabeth of Vermandois, Countess of Leicester- French noblewoman
- William de Warenne, 3rd Earl of Surrey- Anglo-Norman nobleman
- Isabel de Warenne, Countess of Surrey- English noblewoman
- William de Warenne, 5th Earl of Surrey- English nobleman
- John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey- English nobleman
- William de Warenne- English nobleman
- Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk- English nobleman and politician
- Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter- English politician, courtier and soldier
- Edward Coke- English barrister, judge and politician
- Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 236 - King's Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 0-319-21867-8.
- Distances are "by road" and derived using "Google Maps". Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
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