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Rugby Hall Place

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Rokeby; Hawle Place; Sir Henry Rokebye's castle

In the civil parish of Rugby.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Warwickshire.
1974 county of Warwickshire.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP50417548
Latitude 52.37505° Longitude -1.26092°

Rugby Hall Place has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


There was a little castle at Rokeby (Rugby) "... which stood about a furlong (C. 200m) from the church northwards as is to be seen by the banks of earth and part of the moat yet remaining. I am of opinion that this was one of those castles built in King Stephen's time ... the inhabitants have it by tradition that it was Sir Henry Rokesbyes' castle" (Dugdale). Norman spur found 60 years ago on the site of the moated area in the field behind in church Street. The moat represents the early Medieval manor house of Rugby (Bloxham). (PastScape)

There was a little castle at Rugby which stood about a furlong (200m) to the N of the church. The banks of earth and part of the moat still remain. Dugdale believed that it was built at the time of King Stephen. The inhabitants call it by tradition Sir Henry Rokebye's castle (ref. Dugdale).
Norman spur found 60 years ago on the site of the moated area in the field behind in church Street. The moat represents the early Medieval manor house of Rugby (Bloxham).
Chatwin suggests that this was an Adulterine Castle (Chatwin).
The remains of earthworks and a moat. Leland c1545 records the earthworks and the name 'Hawle Place'. It is likely to have been a moated manor house from the remains shown on the 6" OS map of 1885. The site is now built over (VCH). (Warwickshire HER)

The evidence that this was an adulterine castle or that it dated from the time of Stephen is a 'Norman' spur found the 1820s and apparently identified as such by a school master. A more secure identification and other evidence are needed for any Norman date and the specific Anarchy date is merely received wisdom from the late C19. The VCH though it was simple a moated manor house of undefined medieval date also quoting Leland 'There appere certen diches at Rugby, the market towne in Warwikeshire, where the Rugbys, gentilmen of fame, dwellid. . . . The place thus diched is yet caulled the Hawle Place.'. This is suggestive more of a late medieval moated hall than an Norman embanked castle, although these two are not mutually exclusive.
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