In 1643 during the Civil War the Earl of Stamford garrisoned the castle for Parliament. In 1645 the castle became the scene of one of the most desperate sieges in Herefordshire. The siege continued into 1646. After being in the hands of Parliament, it was later occupied by a garrison led by the Royalist Sir Henry Lingen. It was attacked and besieged by Colonels John Birch and Kyrle. Eventually the Royalists surrendered. In 1647 the castle was slighted, which made it virtually uninhabitable and prohibited re-fortification.
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