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CASTLE HILL

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Medieval motte and bailey castle surviving as an earthwork. The Castle was built in the late C11th century by Hugh de Grantmesnil and was destroyed in 1172. Excavations in 1962-3 showed the motte was built around an existing stone structure of unknown function, possibly a tower. Fishponds to north destroyed by road by-pass. The oval castle motte is 5 to 6 metres high with a flattish top and measures 38 metres east to west and 25 metres north to south. To the east is a flat bailey area extending for 20 metres and enclosed by a ditch surviving for a length of 35 metres and 15 metres wide and 2 metres deep. On its outer east side it has a slight bank 1 metre high. Scheduled.

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