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Wainfleet Castle Hill

In the civil parish of Wainfleet All Saints.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF497586
Latitude 53.10443° Longitude 0.23472°

Wainfleet Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


To Waynflete about a 5. miles. It hath beene a very godde toune, and yn it 2. paroche chirches. Shippeletes cam in hominum memoria up to the schole. The haven now decayith. Paynelle sayith that as rememberith there is a place caullid the Castell Hill at Wainflete. (Leland)

Leland reports being informed by Mr Paynell that there was a place called Castle Hill in Wainfleet. This does seem slight evidence but the significant coastal change, land reclamation and intense agriculture in the area could have caused such a feature to be lost. Wainfleet was an important port in C14 but ruinous and deserted by the mid C15.
Map reference is for All Saints church, a C19 replacement of one of the medieval churches. The actually location of Mr Paynell's 'Castle Hill' is unknown and identification can only be speculative. Green Hill, at TF501593, is a mound in the grounds of lost Northolme Manor, a Tudor moated house. This is identified as any of several artificial mound types (Beacon; Windstead; Burial mound; gazebo mound) but not as a motte. However, if Northolme manor was a Tudor rebuild of an earlier medieval manor house (of the manor of Wainfleet St Thomas) is it possible this stood in the bailey of a motte and bailey castle?
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