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Great Ashfield Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Parkers Wood

In the civil parish of Great Ashfield.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL99126750
Latitude 52.26964° Longitude 0.91702°

Great Ashfield Castle Hill has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

Motte, overgrown with trees and situated in a plain. It is 3.5m high and circa 40.0m in diameter, surrounded by a wet ditch. 4.0m-5.0m wide, which, having been cut into the base of the mound, appears to be later. The summit of the mound is flattened, circa 15.0m across. No trace of the alleged track south of the motte. The filled in pond to the east is probably fairly modern. (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 NKB 19-OCT-71)

Fieldwalking in the castle bailey produced a C13-C14 scatter of which circa 25% were shell tempered. There were no ruins but may be C12-C13. (Suffolk HER ref. Birch M & W, SAFG)
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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