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Denton Darrow Green

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Hill; Deerhaugh

In the civil parish of Denton.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TM26438940
Latitude 52.45556° Longitude 1.33111°

Denton Darrow Green has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

This is a small medieval motte and bailey castle. The earthworks would have been completed with a timber defended structure. The earthworks of the motte and the small horseshoe bailey and ditch can still be seen. To the east is Hangman's Hill, a small mound and a rectangular enclosure cropmark that can be seen from aerial photographs. This may be spoil from the digging of an adjacent pond. A second trapezoidal enclosure was surveyed in 1884, but it has since been levelled. This may have been a deer enclosure. Further survey in 1999 further elucidated the remains. Fragments of Roman and medieval pottery have been found here. Interpretations suggest that the castle was either built by or destroyed by the D' Albini's between 1088 and 1254. (Norfolk HER)
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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • Books
    • Cushion, B. and Davison, A., 2003, Earthworks of Norfolk (Dereham: East Anglian Archaeology 104) p. 168-9 (plan)
      Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of East Anglia (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 56
      Liddiard, R., 2000, Landscapes of Lordship (British Archaeological Reports British Series 309) p. 98-101
      Margeson, S., Seiller, F. and Rogerson, A., 1994, The Normans in Norfolk (Norfolk Museums Service) p. 30, 31
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 307
      Blomefield, F., 1806, 'Hundred of Earsham: Denton' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 5 p. 405- (tenurial history) online transcription
  • Periodical Articles
    • Manning, C.R., 1884, 'Earthworks at the Castle-Hill, Darrow Wood, Denton, Norfolk' Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 9 p. 335-342 online copy
      Rix, S.W., 1855, Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 4 p. 346 online copy
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This record last updated on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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