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Easthampstead Wooden Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Bracknell.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Bracknell Forest.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU85496655
Latitude 51.39165° Longitude -0.77268°

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

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The monument consists of a large ditched bowl barrow situated at the top of a gentle north facing slope. The mound has an overall diameter of 26.6m and stands to a maximum height of 2m. The perimeter of the mound has been reduced by cultivation around its northern quarter so that today the barrow is ovoid in shape, with the longer axis orientated east to west. Surrounding the mound is a ditch 5m wide, from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound. This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as a low earthwork 0.7m deep around the north-east and south-east sectors of the barrow and as a buried feature elsewhere. (Scheduling Report).

A ditched mound (shown but not described, from 1868-1961 on the OS 6") at SU 8549 6656 is a large bowl barrow, The northern part of the barrow falls within a field, and has been entirely dug away. The remainder, in a forestry plantation, is in good condition. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 NVQ 12-MAR-63)

In 1969, a brief assessment of the mound, suggested that it might be a motte or a mound associated with hunting or game-watching (Saunders, 1969). (Berkshire Archaeology HER)

David Nash Ford writes of Wooden Hill " the site of what was always termed a "tumulus" until research revealed it to be the remains of the motte of a Norman castle."

Andrew Saunders brief assessment of this mound can hardly be called definitive research although his interpretation deserves consideration.
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