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The Bailey Gate (top)
and Stocks Green


Castle Acre
An extensive, attractive and very historic village with plenty of places to visit and explore. At the eastern end of the village street, down a narrow lane are the ruins of a Norman castle, built on the site of a Roman station. Castle Acre sits directly on an old Roman road running roughly North/South through the County and signs of the encampment have been found over an area of about 22 acres between the castle and the church. In the opposite direction, down the hill and just out of the village are the well preserved remains of a Cluniac Priory. This is maintained by English Heritage who have a small building by the car park with some interesting artifacts and a model of the Priory as it would have been originally. There is much to look at and the place has a magical aura about it. The village, in between the castle and the Priory, is set around the pretty tree lined Stocks green where there are an assortment of little shops, a tea-room and a couple of nice pubs, with the large church of St. James at the western end and the Baily Gate at the other.
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