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Whitwick Castle, Coalville

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Whitewyk; Witewich

In the civil parish of Coalville.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK43581617
Latitude 52.74173° Longitude -1.35596°

Whitwick Castle, Coalville has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval motte and bailey castle surviving as an earthwork. The castle is situated on an oval natural hill. The bailey is formed by the natural rise of the hill and occupies an area of approximately 100m by 35m, rising 7 to 8m from the surrounding land. The motte is a small circular mound rising to about 2m high. The castle was held by the Earl of Leicester in the mid C12 but had fallen into disrepair by 1427. At the end of C18 the foundations are said to have been seen and a wall was still visible on the north side in 1893. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1321 March 12 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Licence to crenellate issued 1320 to 'Henricus de Bello Monte, Consanguineus Regis'. The building work resulting from this licence may have provoked an attack by Sir John Talbot who is said to have destroyed the castle. Beaumont's claim to the land was from wife's inheritance and, it seems, Talbot felt he had a claim to Whitwick. 20 years later the capital messuage was worth nothing.
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