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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.
Medieval 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.


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)

A motte is said to have been identified here, next to the water-mill, at c. SK835209; (McWhirr and Winter). This is a shapeless mound and appears to be part of the extensive earthworks connected with the mill. (King 1983)

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 on the otherhand the history given by Nichols, which is C18 but scholarly, is highly suggestive.
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