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Little Houghton Ringwork

In the civil parish of Little Houghton.
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: SP80265961
Latitude 52.22897° Longitude -0.82634°

Little Houghton Ringwork has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Section across ditch excavated by E.D. Bailey (1957) Finds including 13th c pottery and tile in Northampton Museum (Northampton Museum 6" AW 1957).
The earthwork shows as a raised platform max 1.4m high, the ditch having been filled in. Possibly the site for a medieval manor (F1 BHS 13-MAY-1970).
Site of Manor House (SP 80265961) immediately W of the church, on sand at 84 m. above OD. The site consists of a rectangular raised platform with a level top, so that it is almost 3 m. high on the NW and only 1 m. high in the S. The SE part has been destroyed by the chruchyard and the NW corner has been damaged. Therre are slight traces of former buildings on the platform, but these may be modern. The site has been described as a motte, but it is more probably the site of a medieval manor house. The area in which it lies was known as South Hall Piece in 1835 (RCHME).
Listed by Cathcart King as a badly worn rigwork with a possible bailey (King 1983). (PastScape)

The ringwork is probably the site of a later medieval manor house, perhaps from the thirteenth century, rather than an earlier castle ringwork. (Lowerre 2004)
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