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Bow and Arrow Castle, Dorset

Historical Description

Bow and Arrow Castle, a rude pentagonal tower on the coast of Dorsetshire, on a sea-girt crag 300 feet high, 1½ mile NNE of Portland-Bill. It is said to have been built by William Rufus, and it was taken in 1142 by the Earl of Gloucester for the Empress Matilda. A bridge connects it with the mainland, and gives additional character to a charming local view.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.