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Stratton Audley Court Close

In the civil parish of Stratton Audley.
In the historic county of Oxfordshire.
Modern Authority of Oxfordshire.
1974 county of Oxfordshire.
Medieval County of Oxfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP60932592
Latitude 51.92856° Longitude -1.11514°

Stratton Audley Court Close has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


South-east of the church in a meadow called Court Close, which lies in the bend of a stream, is the site of the Audleys' medieval castle, now destroyed. It was to repair this building that James Audley was granted oak from Brill forest in 1263, and it was here that his widow was living in 1274. The castle was inclosed by a rectangular moat which may be on the site of an earlier Romano-British inclosure. The angles of the castle's foundations were excavated about 1870. (VCH 1959)

A plain rectangular moat enclosing the site of the castle now destroyed, with entrance from the north-west, remains in a field called 'Court Close,' east of the church. The work lies on low ground in the bend of a stream and about half a mile to the east of the Roman Way from Alchester, which is supposed to explain the first part of the name of this village. This situation is, perhaps, worth noting in view of the suggestion that these moated enclosures may mark the sites of more ancient works, and also in this respect is the fact that its plan corresponds as regards its relation to the compass points with those of the rectangular enclosures in this county supposed to be ancient, its sides running south-west to north-east and north-west to south-east. (VCH 1907)
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