Record Details

NHER Number:11915
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable medieval castle mound northeast of Stockton Farm, Raveningham

Summary

The tree-covered remains of a probably 12th century castle mound surrounded by a ditch.

Images

  • An earthwork survey of 'Mill Mount', Raveningham.  © Norfolk County Council

Location

Grid Reference:TM 3930 9519
Map Sheet:TM39NE
Parish:RAVENINGHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

'Remains of a small Norman motte slightly mutilated on the southeast side by the modern road. Of quite defensive construction this motte is similar to others encountered during investigation. A rectangular depression on top of the island may indicate the site of a mill which gives the site the name of Mill Mount'.
Accompanying diagram shows the mound as surrounded by a ditch, partially wet, which is '3.6' (metres) deep on inner face and '1.9' on other.
Information from Ordnance Survey card by 'JB', 18 November 1971.
E. Rose (NAU), 20 July 1978.

Covered in trees.
Ordnance Survey description confirmed, and probably identification.
Far too large to be just a mill mound.

(S1) suggests that this was built by the Bigods during the 12th century.
D. Gurney (NLA), 14 May 2003.

October 2004. Visit.
Ditch wet in most areas, many trees on mound and outer banks. A few large ash. Much scrub and weed with ground and bush ivy. No evident animal disturbance.
H. Paterson (A&E), 7 January 2005.

(S1) expanded as (S2) stating that this may be an Anarchy castle, but it is set in the middle of fields and there was little fighting in Norfolk in the Anarchy. It is more probably of 1171 when Henry III-to-be invaded.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDMILL MOUND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Webb, R. & Hinton, I.. 2000. Survey.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 39 NE 10 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Monograph: Liddiard, R.. 2000. Landscapes of lordship: Norman castles and the countryside in medieval Norfolk, 1066-1200.. pp 102-104.
<S2>*Verbal Communication: Liddiard, R.. 2006. Lecture at Cambridge. March.

Related records - none

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