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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.

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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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • Websites (Gatehouse is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
  • Books
    • Prior, Stuart, 2006, A Few Well-Positioned Castles: The Norman Art of War (Tempus) p. 68-109
      Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of Wessex (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 87
      Dunning, Robert, 1995, Somerset Castles (Somerset Books) p. 31-2
      Aston, M., Iles, R. (eds), 1989, The Archaeology of Avon p. 123
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 445
      Aston, M. and Burrow, I., 1982, The Archaeology of Somerset (Taunton: Somerset County Council) p. 124
      Burrow, Edward J., 1924, Ancient Earthworks and Camps of Somerset (Cheltenham and London) p. 148
      Knight, Frances A., 1902, The Sea-Board of Mendip (London: J.M. Dent and co.) p. 248 online copy
  • Periodical Articles
    • Minnitt, S. and Murless, B.J. (eds), 1978-9, 'Somerset Archaeology, 1978' Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Vol. 123 p. 104
      King, D.J. Cathcart and Alcock, L., 1966, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Château Gaillard, 3
      Evans, J., 1979, Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Vol. 123 p. 104
      Bramble, J.R., 1905, Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Vol. 51 p. 16-83
      Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 211 online copy
  • Other sources: Theses; 'grey' literature; in-house reports; unpublished works; etc.
    • Russett, V. (ed), 2011, Castle Batch, Worle (Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham and Cleeve Archaeological Research Team 2011/Y9) online copy
      Prior, Stuart, 2004, _"Winning Strategies" An Archaeological Study of Norman Castles in the Landscapes of Somerset, Monmouthshire and County Meath, 1066-1186 (PhD thesis; University of Bristol) Vol. 2 p. 119 Download via EThOS
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