Many people at the time questioned what would happen to the castle but its significance was recognised and it was kept as a monument.
Meetings (religious services) were held in the castle grounds and was also used for the grazing of sheep. The shepherds cottage was situated on the saddleback, the long ridge behind the castle, where in medieval times, knights in armour jousted.
The salvation Army gave the castle to the ministry of works in 1948, and it is now cared for by English Heritage, and is classed as a scheduled monument and a Grade 1 listed building.
- Information board, on site at Hadleigh castle