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Garthorpe Motte

In the civil parish of Garthorpe.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK835209
Latitude 52.77946° Longitude -0.76310°

Garthorpe Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are uncertain remains.

Description

A castle was situated near the water mill at Garthorpe, and in C18 the close was still known as "Castle Close". (There is a mill at SK 835209 but there is no evidence of the site of a castle on RAF APs of 1954) (PastScape–ref. Nichols)

There is indeed evidence to support Nichol's statement that a castle stood next to the watermill. An impressive motte still stands 4 - 5 metres high adjacent to a water course for the mill. (McWhirr and Winter)

King writes is shapeless mound and rejects it as a castle. Creighton suggests may be motte close to watermill.

The position would be similar to many mottes, close to a church and a river crossing, but the maintenance of watermills can involve dredging ponds and making spoil heaps or making earthworks which flooding can erode into unusual forms. The dismissal by as experienced a castellologist as King (and some other field archaeologists) needs serious consideration.
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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