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East Farndon Moot Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hall Close

In the civil parish of East Farndon.
In the historic county of Northamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough.
Modern Authority of Northamptonshire.
1974 county of Northamptonshire.
Medieval County of Northamptonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP71558495
Latitude 52.45782° Longitude -0.94842°

East Farndon Moot Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Suggested motte but King rejects writing that OS investigators are entirely unconvinced. PastScape record summary reads "Supposed earthworks-hollow way & bank of little significance. Earlier interpretations as possible Civil War earthworks have been discounted."

Very near the top of the East Farndon Hill, where it bends to the North, there stood as they say a Castle, or as others, a Bulwark against the Danes. There is now little more remaining than a part as it seems, of a Military Trench or Trenches, in the call'd the Hall Close, and in that call'd Gallock's Close, West of the Church. (Morton 1712)

"Farndon, East - A moot hill, moated, near the church, and connected with an earlier camp." (Clark 1889)

Mounds, at SP 7158 8476 and SP 7164 8454, were locally identified with the so-called 'moot' of Morton and Clark and there are local traditions of the mounds being the burial-place of the Naseby dead, etc. All are quarry-mounds derived from nearby pits, of no archaeological significance. There is a general tendency in the area of Naseby to associate any prominent feature, natural or artificial, with the battle of 1645. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 WCW 23-MAR-1960)

Scheduled as medieval rural settlement.
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