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Weeting Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Weeting With Broomhill.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL77808911
Latitude 52.47106° Longitude 0.61635°

Weeting Castle has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The remains of C12 hall house known as Weeting Castle, together with buried remains relating to earlier occupation of the site during the C10 or C11 and a post medieval ice house. The moated site is sub-rectangular in plan and has maximum overall dimensions of circa 105m north-south by circa 79m east-west. The moat, which is now dry, remains open to a depth of 2m and measures up to 10m in width. It surrounds a central island raised 0.4m above the external ground level and with internal dimensions of circa 85m north-south by circa 60m east-west. The remains of the medieval hall house stand in the middle of the southern half of the island. Built circa 1180, the ruined walls, which are constructed of mortared flint rubble with stone dressings, define a rectangular building 30m by 14m, containing a central aisled hall and a substantial three storey tower to the south. Evidence for occupation of the site prior to the construction of the hall house was found during limited excavations below and around the tower and included the buried remains of three successive ditches, dated by finds of pottery of Saxo-Norman type and a coin of the later C10. One of the ditches contained a quantity of burnt daub, possibly from a timber building or buildings. The ice house in the north west corner of the moated site is probably 18th century in date and is presumed to relate to Weeting Hall, which lay circa 225m to the west. It is constructed of brick and covered by an earthen mound circa 2.4m in height and circa 16m in diameter. The entrance is on the north side, facing the moat and comprises an outer doorway, set in a brick retaining wall with butresses to either side. (PastScape)

In Margeson et al (1994) the earth cover C18 ice house in the NW corner of the moated enclosure is called 'a small motte' - this is erroneous.
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