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Castle Batch, Worle

In the civil parish of Weston Super Mare.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of North Somerset.
1974 county of Avon.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST36176370
Latitude 51.36882° Longitude -2.91817°

Castle Batch, Worle has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The motte at Castle Batch represents a rare survival in this area and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a motte castle situated on a low carboniferous limestone ridge overlooking the surrounding levels. The motte, known as Castle Batch, has an artificial mound c.3m high with a maximum diameter of 42m. There is a hollow area c.1m deep within the top of the mound and there is a possible entrance situated on the north side of the monument. Surrounding the motte is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This ditch ranges from c.8m to c.10m in width and is c.0.5m deep despite having been largely infilled over the years. There is no evidence for a bailey associated with the motte, although the surrounding area has been landscaped during the recent past, possibly obscuring further archaeological remains. (Scheduling Report)

Earthwork remains of a well preserved motte. The mound is 160ft in diameter, 17ft high, with a hollow in the centre 75ft in diameter. It is surrounded by a shallow ditch, 15 to 25ft wide with an entrance on the south west. The ditch has been partly obliterated by ploughing and modern field banks. (PastScape)

King, Prior and others describe this as a ringwork. Prior dates this as pre-1086 and likely built by Walter of Douai. Now an isolated patch of greenery in the suburbs of Weston Super Mare, making reading the medieval landscape difficult. About a mile from the ancient church of Worle.
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