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Little Hadham, North of Hadham Hall

In the civil parish of Little Hadham.
In the historic county of Hertfordshire.
Modern Authority of Hertfordshire.
1974 county of Hertfordshire.
Medieval County of Hertfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL45342315
Latitude 51.88809° Longitude 0.11049°

Little Hadham, North of Hadham Hall has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Circular moated mound c22.25m in diameter overall; mound rising c3.5m above water level. Moat ditch c7m wide with causeway on the SE side. Possible mill mound or ornamental feature. Informal excavation revealed that the original feature was shallow. (Herts HER)

"Moated Tumulus, N of Hadham Hall; condition - fairly good" (RCHME).
Situated on flat terrain, this artificial earthen mound, tree planted, is surrounded by a shallow, largely waterfilled ditch. Measuring c23.0m in overall diameter, the mound has a flat top c 6.5m in diameter and is c.25m in height. The ditch averages c7.0m in width, and has an eathen 'causeway' across it on the SE side.
The shallow moat-like ditch (if contemporary with the mound) was evidently constructed to contain water and is not defensive. The Headmaster of nearby Hadham Hall school, Mr E J Douglas, did an informal excavation of a small area of ditch some years ago. Although no finds were made, the dig proved that the ditch was originally shallow and that little silting had occurred.
The most probable explanation of this feature is that it is a moated mill-mound, or an ornamental landscape feature connected with nearby Hadham Hall (F1 JRL 20-JUN-73). (PastScape)

Moated mound to NE. of house of 1440, rebuilt 1572/8. (Renn)

Renn does not seem to question this as a castle mound, but it is some way from the church and is orientated to on a central view line from Hadham Hall, suggesting an ornamental feature, something supported by a lack of bailey. Despite the authority of King and Renn this site is considered unlikely by Gatehouse.
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