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Risinghoe Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Bedford.
In the historic county of Bedfordshire.
Modern Authority of Bedfordshire.
1974 county of Bedfordshire.
Medieval County of Bedfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL09035090
Latitude 52.14565° Longitude -0.40803°

Risinghoe Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


Motte, mentioned as old in 1180-1200. Nothing found in excavation done in 1943.

There is only documentary evidence for a bailey but the motte is about 20ft high and looks much like a barrow. (PastScape)

William, son of Wigain, granted 'quic quid habui al baille veteris castelli apud molendium de Risineho' to Warden Abbey, and a contemporary (1180-1200) reference to 'inter motam et terram' may refer to the same site. (Renn 1973, ref. Warden Cartulary)

The site consists of a roughly circular mound approx 6m high and 30m across. The top is flattened and the sides fairlysteep, but there is no sign of a moat or any other ancillary earthworks. An entry dating from 1180-1200 in the Cartulary of Warden Abbey mentions the old castle beside Risinghoe Mill, indicating that the structure was already old by this date; it is likely to have been one of a number of "adulterine" castles known to have been built by King Stephen during his siege of Bedford in 1138. As such it would have been a short-lived timber structure. (Beds HER)
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