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The Barony of Dudley
The history of Dudley Castle and the Barony of Dudley
Dudley Castle was for many years the home of the Barons of Dudley, and hence they share a common history
Dudley Castle, like many castles in England, was founded shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. A formidable French knight by the name of Ansculf, who came from Picquigney, near Amiens, gained the estate of Dudley in 1070, following the unsuccessful rebellion of the Saxon lord, Earl Edwin of Mercia ...
The Barons of Dudley, 1070 - 1757
The information below is drawn from the book "An Illustrated Chronicle of the Castle and Barony of Dudley", by John Hemingway.
* Nicholas de Somery was only a child when his father died, and his lands were held in wardship. He died while still in his minority.
For much more information about the Barony of Dudley, read the book!
This book, describing the history of Dudley Castle and the Barony was written by John Hemingway, the Archaeological Officer of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, and was published in 2006 by The Friends of Dudley Castle. 178 pages, including many (colour and black and white) pictures, with a soft cover. £12.50 (excluding postage and packing).