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Sutton, Bussock Woods

In the civil parish of Sutton.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TM32914576
Latitude 52.06136° Longitude 1.39668°

Sutton, Bussock Woods has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Low mound with fat top, possible motte. (King)

Group of five bowl barrows in two separate areas of protection, located near the edge of a south-facing spur. The barrows are visible as earthen mounds, circular in plan and of varying size. Three of them are closely spaced on an approximately north-south alignment within the remains of a small plantation. At the southern end of the alignment is the largest of the mounds, which stands to a height of approximately 1.2m and covers an area of approximately 25m in diameter. Immediately NNW of this is the second mound measuring approximately 13m in diameter and 0.6m in height. The third lies to the north of the second and has the same dimensions. All three mounds are thought to be encircled by ditches, estimated to be 3m in width. (PastScape)

Attemps have been made to link these mounds with the nearby place-name 'Bussock' to suggest a fortified place (Suffolk HER – ref. Arnott)

Seems to be clearly a barrow complex. There is some evidence that, in East Anglia, castle were pushed out from settlement centres onto less agricultural valuable heathland and this area might fit that description but there is no real evidence of a castle here.
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