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Wolverton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Old Wolverton Church; Wulverington

In the civil parish of Milton Keynes.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Milton Keynes.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP804414
Latitude 52.06428° Longitude -0.82907°

Wolverton has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

A deserted village and motte and bailey surviving as extensive and well preserved earthworks in which features such as house platforms and roads can be identified. North of the village is a Norman motte and bailey castle. The motte is 4.9 metres high and measures 50 metres east to west by 25 metres north to south. The northern part of the site is biscected by the Grand Union Canal. These remains are Scheduled. In 2001 Dr. Welsh of University College Northampton briefly examined the site and identified a possible larger, earlier earthwork enclosure, which he suggests may be Iron Age, within which the motte and bailey was apparently set. He also noted a late medieval or post medieval house platform overlying the bailey ditch. (PastScape)

The parish church, next to the castle, survives with its Saxon tower. The Norman castle is most probably on the site of the original Saxon manorial centre
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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