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Dunham Massey; The mount

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Dunham Massie; Dunham Massy; Duneham

In the civil parish of Dunham Massey.
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Trafford.
1974 county of Greater Manchester.
Medieval County of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ73428742
Latitude 53.38305° Longitude -2.40104°

Dunham Massey; The mount has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Medieval motte and bailey in Dunham Park. It was held by Hamo de Masci against Henry II in 1173. Surviving features include a moat and mount at the north-west corner of Dunham Massey Hall. The mount survives to a height of 2m and has a diameter of 24m. Has been altered for use as a prospect mound. The moat has been flooded as an ornamental lake; the Hall probably occupies the bailey. (PastScape)

The documented castle of Hamo de Masci may have been the hastily erected motte and bailey at Bowden Watch Hill, but that was not Hamo's caput. Clearly the alterations to the landscape at Dunham Massey means the C12 castle is much altered but there is no reason to doubt at castle here, despite some sources referring to this mound as post-medieval.
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