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Seynteleyscastel, Ruspidge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Saintlow; Turner's Tump; Seinteleye

In the civil parish of Ruspidge And Soudley.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO629109
Latitude 51.79629° Longitude -2.53861°

Seynteleyscastel, Ruspidge has been described as a probable Uncertain.

There are no visible remains.


Rawes writes in a list 'Probable site of castle, exact location unknown.' "In Saintlow Enclosure? Mentioned 1282." citing Hart.

Rejected by King as a location referring to "some conspicuous element that looked vaguely like a castle."

Possible site of a castle mentioned in 1282, in Saintlow Inclosure and place name 'Turner's Tump' recorded on maps of 1856, c.1880, c.1900, c.1925 and 2002. (Hoyle 2008)

Isolated location within the Forest of Dean. The name Saintlow may be derived from the Saxon Hlaw (burial mound). Seinteleye is a named balliua (Balliwick) of the forest and probably the site of a residence of the forester with responsibility for that part of the forest. Such a residence had some of the functions of a castle, being centres for the administration of forest law and will have had some stabling and possibly even a small prison but would not have been large. It may even have been marked in someway to reflect its status as a place of the kings law such as by having some castle like feature like being built on or beside a mound. Medieval use of the term castle was more varied and nuanced than many authors suggest. Turner's Tump is marked on the 1878 OS map associated with a building marked as 'Lincoln House' and an 'Old Quarry' but nothing is no visible on the air photo except trees. Gatehouse does not accept King's dismissal of this as a natural feature and does think there was a structure, associated with the royal forest, in this approximate area although not one usual called a castle by modern writers.
See also Mosleyescastel, another possible foresters 'castle'.
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