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Cowdray Park, Easebourne

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Loves Farm mound

In the civil parish of Easebourne.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of West Sussex.
1974 county of West Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Chichester).

OS Map Grid Reference: SU90952325
Latitude 51.00151° Longitude -0.70484°

Cowdray Park, Easebourne has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Alleged motte in Cowdray Park, but probably a natural feature. Field investigations in 1970 located no traces of any associated features. A reservoir constructed in either 1912 or 1936 has been incorporated into the feature.
Possibly the remains of a Motte at SU 9095 2325 beneath a 100ft diameter reservoir built in 1936.
Large motte-like mound with circular water reservoir occupying the whole of the top.
Miss Keef believes the mound existed before construction of reservoir but confirmation needed from Cowdray Estate as the mound could be modern, the earth around to support the wall? No sign of bailey.
Mr Streeter, Estate Engineer, Cowdray, stated that the reservoir was constructed about 1912, upon an existing eminence, but he could not say whether this was a natural or artificial feature.
An inspection of the area revealed nothing of archaeological interest: certainly no ditches or any other feature associable with a motte (F1 ASP 03-JUN-70). (PastScape)

This might be a possible location for a stand or view point within the deer park of Cowdray although it seems most likely this was just a natural feature and/or works associated with the C20 reservoir. It is not clear who suggested this as a motte in the first place.
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