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Southoe Manor Farm

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Southoe And Midloe.
In the historic county of Huntingdonshire.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Huntingdonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL17906386
Latitude 52.26034° Longitude -0.27408°

Southoe Manor Farm has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Almost circular moat 300ft diameter. Outside moat on S side is a sunk place 100ft by 40ft and 4ft 6in deep; at SW at circular mound, 32ft diameter; some 170ft away on W and about 70fton NW is large moat or fosse with considerable bank, apparently serving as an outer defence on that side; it is very wide at NW corner and has an extension of 22ft in length toward N. (VCH 1928)

Southoe Manor Farm, was subject to limited archaeological excavation in the 1930s. The site has, unfortunately, been destroyed by ploughing. Before its destruction, it had the shape of a roughly circular platform surrounded by a ditch, a form highly reminiscent of a Norman ringwork. Lethbridge and Tebbutt's undertook their excavation before the study of Saxon and medieval pottery was well-advanced, so their attributions of particular ceramic types to particular time periods is open to question. It seems possible, though, that the site did have a late Saxon to early Norman phase, but there was also considerable later occupation on the same site. (Lowerre)

Earthworks possibly representing a defended or at least enclosed Late-Saxon or Norman settlement. The site has been damaged by ploughing. Not generally accepted as a castle site but a strong contender for the castle mentioned in 1140 and 1153 and earthworks as recorded by VCH do seem impressive.
Possibly the documented castle of Southoe.
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