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Mettingham Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM359886
Latitude 52.44475° Longitude 1.47140°

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

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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

Description

Earthwork and structural remains of a moated, fortified manor house and college of secular priests, the latter extant between 1394 and 1542. A licence to crenellate the manor house was granted in 1342. A document of 1562 describes the site as being enclosed by a stone wall and entered via a gatehouse. Within were stables, servants' lodgings, kitchen, bakehouse, brewhouse, malting house, storehouses, and an aisled hall. This house was probably demolished in C18 and was replaced by a house which was in turn demolished circa 1880. The remains of the fortified house include the gatehouse and part of the curtain wall and barbican. (PastScape)

The olde castell. The olde castell inclosed withe a mote by it selfe, from the mansyon house coñ in length fower score foote, and in breadthe fyftie foot, but that ys utterlye decayed and dyvers of the walles fallen downe, but there remaineth yet a fayer chymney of freestone standinge withe two great barres of Iron holdinge up parte of it. (1562 survey from Redstone, 1903)

Following consolidation work the remains were removed from the Heritage at Risk Register in 2010.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1343 Aug 21 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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This record last updated on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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