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Camberley mound

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
The Knoll; Olddean Common

In the civil parish of Camberley.
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of Surrey.
1974 county of Surrey.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU879608
Latitude 51.33950° Longitude -0.73948°

Camberley mound has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


SU 879608 The mound on which stands an obelisk at Camberley is suggested by Mr Welsh as a possible motte because of its position on a hogsback ridge, its composition of sand and its unusual steepness and regular profile, and also that much of the mound appears to have been constructed prior to 18th century modifications using pebbles and clay for erection of the obelisk. Mr Welsh also understands that a coin of Edward II was found on the hill. (PastScape ref. a letter, dated 4-4-79, by T.C. Welsh)

SU880618 A possible artificial mound almost exactly round, though with the profile slightly lopsided when viewed from north or south. (Surrey HER)

Despite the slightly different map references these two reports may well refer to the same feature. The PastScape map ref is marked 'the Knoll' on the 1st edn OS map. This was an area of formal landscaping but is now built over. The Surrey HER mound given map ref is in Olddean Common, an area of heathland. No mound is obvious on the air photo but there is significant tree cover. Neither site is an obvious manorial centre. This is not a site subject to particularly heavy agriculture and a bailey should have survived and would have been noted if it ever existed. In all likelihood a natural mound subject to some landscaping and a fanciful interpretation.
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