We do not know precisely when Yielden Castle was built, but the Trailly family held the site from the time of the Domesday Book (1086) until the 13th century, so they would seem to be the most likely candidates for builders. The castle had fallen into decay by 1360. Excavations have revealed that there was a round stone tower atop the motte with walls 4 feet thick. It seems likely that a drawbridge linked the tower to the inner bailey. Some of the stonework was heavily burned, suggesting the possibility of a siege.
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: off the High Street in Yielden, 10 miles N of Bedford off the A6
OS: TL014 670
Photo Credit: Stephen McKay, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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