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Lower Oddington motte

In the civil parish of Oddington.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP235254
Latitude 51.92663° Longitude -1.65965°

Lower Oddington motte has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


(SP 235254) The possible site of a Norman motte lies south of the church in a wood (OS Map annotation 1937)
The site occupies a small, low, natural ridge with poor defensive potential. There is no indication of artificial scarping of the slopes; it is very unlikely that it was utilised as a 'motte' (F1 CC 15-APR-77).
This location falls within the area mapped from aerial photographs by English Heritage's Gloucestershire NMP, but no trace of a motte was identified on this site during that survey (RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment). (PastScape)

This alleged motte is near to the church and probably site of medieval village, although that is now further north. The VCH does not mention this supposed motte but does write there was a residential manor house of the Archbishop of York in this general location (Lower Oddington Palace). The tenurial history is of this being a manor disputed between St Peter's Abbey, Gloucestershire and, initially, Ealdred, Bishop of Worcester and his successors the Archbishops of York. Neither of these are likely to have built a castle here.
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