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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.
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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • Websites (Gatehouse is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
  • Books
    • Goodall, John, 2011, The English Castle 1066-1650 (Yale University Press) p. 289
      Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of East Anglia (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 82
      Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 124
      Martin, Edward, 1999 (3edn), 'Medieval Castles' in Dymond, David and Martin, Edward (eds) An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (Lavenham) p. 58-9
      Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 236
      Brown, R.Allen, 1989, Castles from the Air (Cambridge University Press) p. 154-55
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 458
      Knowles, David and Hadcock, R Neville, 1971, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longman) p. 432
      Pevsner, N., 1961, Buildings of England: Suffolk (London, Penguin) p. 333-4
      Dickenson, 1957, Little Guide to Suffolk p. 253-4
      Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
      Wall, 1911, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Suffolk Vol. 1 p. 621 online copy
      Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 283-4 online copy
      Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 297, 413 online copy
      Suckling, A., 1846, History and Antiquities of Suffolk (London) Vol. 1 p. 173-5 online transcription
      Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel, 1774, Buck's Antiquities (London) Vol. 2 p. 274
  • Periodical Articles
    • Guy, Neil, et al, 2011-12, 'CSG Annual Conference April 2011' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 25 p. 79-84
      Liddiard, Robert, 2006, 'Early castles in the Medieval Landscape of East Anglia' Château Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 243-50
      Martin, E.A., 1990, 'Mettingham Castle: an interpretation of a survey of 1562' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 37.2 p. 115-23 online copy
      Thompson, M.W., 1986, 'Associated monasteries and castles in the Middle Ages: a tentative list' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 143 p. 319
      Redstone, V.B., 1903, 'Notes on Suffolk Castles.III. Mettingham College and Castle, 1562' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 11.3 p. 315-319 online copy
      Manning, C.R., 1865, 'Mettingham Castle and College' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 4.2 p. 77-89
  • 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), 1902, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1343-45) Vol. 6 p. 106 online copy
      Rickard, John, 2002, The Castle Community. The Personnel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422 (Boydell Press) (lists sources for 1272-1422) p. 441-2
  • Other sources: Theses; 'grey' literature; in-house reports; unpublished works; etc.
    • Parfitt, C. and Whimster, R. (eds), 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 East of England (London: English Heritage) p. 70 online copy
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This record last updated on Saturday, November 15, 2014

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