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Bletsoe Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bletnesho

In the civil parish of Bletsoe.
In the historic county of Bedfordshire.
Modern Authority of Bedfordshire.
1974 county of Bedfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL024584
Latitude 52.21435° Longitude -0.50131°

Bletsoe Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

Elizabethan house on site of dwelling house (mansum) granted a license to crenellate in 1327 to John Pateshull. The earthwork remains associated with the medieval site survive. Called a very handsome moated manor house by Leland. Unlikely to have been any sort of military building, despite being called a castle, but a fortified manor house.
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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • Websites (Gatehouse is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
  • Books
    • Petre, James Scott, 2012, The Castles of Bedfordshire (Lavenham: Lavenham Press for Shaun Tyas) p. 92-5
      Lowerre, A.G., 2005, Placing Castles in the Conquest. Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100 (Oxford: John and Erica Hedges Ltd: BAR British Series 385) p. 217 (late medieval moated site)
      Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of The Thames Valley and The Chilterns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 13
      Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 327
      Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 4 (slight)
      Jones, M.K. and Underwood, M.G., 1992, The King's Mother. Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby (Cambridge) p. 30-3
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 5
      Pevsner, N., 1968, The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough (Harmondsworth) p. 57
      Wadmore, Beauchamp, 1920, The Earthworks of Bedfordshire (Bedford) p. 153-5
      Page, Wm (ed), 1912, 'Parishes: Bletsoe' VCH Bedfordshire Vol. 3 p. 40-3 online transcription
      Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
      Goddard, A.R., 1904, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Doubleday, H.Arthur and Page, Wm (eds), VCH Bedfordshire Vol. 1 p. 301-3
      Mackenzie, J.D., 1897, Castles of England Vol. 1 p. 138 online copy
      Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 408 online copy
  • Periodical Articles
    • 1994, South Midlands Archaeology: CBA Group 9 Newsletter Vol. 24 p. 14 online copy
      Baker, D., 1982, 'Mottes, Moats and ringworks in Bedfordshire: Beauchamp Wadmore revisited' Château Gaillard Vol. 9-10 p. 35-54 (plan)
      Dyer, J.F., 1962-3, 'Bedfordshire Earthworks VIII, The Castles: Part One' Bedfordshire magazine Vol. 8 no. 63 p. 348
  • Primary (Medieval documents or transcriptions of such documents - This section is far from complete and the secondary sources should be consulted for full references.)
    • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1891, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1327-30) Vol. 1 p. 130 online copy
  • Antiquarian (Histories and accounts from late medieval and early modern writers)
    • Camden, Wm, 1607, Britannia hypertext critical edition by Dana F. Sutton (2004)
      Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 20
      Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1909, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 4 p. 22, 23 online copy
  • Other sources: Theses; 'grey' literature; in-house reports; unpublished works; etc.
    • Lowerre, A.G., 2004, Placing Castles in the Conquest. Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100 (PhD thesis: Boston College) p. 443
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This record last updated on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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