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Bratton Fleming Mound

In the civil parish of Bratton Fleming.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS64513783
Latitude 51.12369° Longitude -3.93743°

Bratton Fleming Mound has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


There is a possible motte on the west slope of the hill north-east of the church. The identification is supported by the field names Castle Field, Castle Moor, Castle Meadow, and Castle Farm, in the immediate vicinity (Grinsell).
Castle Farm formerly stood at SS64493781, and the fields with significant names are the three extending immediately to the W of this point. The mound stands at SS64513783 (Field Investigators Comments-F1 MHB 16-JUL-73).
During the summer season a trial excavation was made at the base of the earthwork in Bratton Fleming which it is thought may be the remains of a site fortified by le Fleming, Lord of the manor of Bratton on the late 11th or early 12th centuries. The trial trench was inconclusive. (NDAS).
A segment of a mound about 30.0m across and up to 2.0m high. It appears to be the N end of a natural spur, but may have been artificially scarped. Its origin as a motte is doubtful (Field Investigators Comments-F1 MHB 26-JUL-73). (PastScape)

Mound possible motte. There is a possible motte on west slope of hill, north-east of church. Identification supported by field names 'Castle Field', 'Castle Moor', 'Castle Meadow, and 'Castle Farm' in the immediate vicinity (Grinsell 1970).
A segment of a mound appears to be north end of natural spur but may have been artificially scarped. Its origin as a motte is doubtful (Ordnance Survey, 1973, OS SS63NW 8 (Site Visit)).
A truncated mound which strong local tradition says is a castle. The wall now truncating the mound was built sometime after 1839. The surviving N half is 22m on long axis and 6m wide x 3m high & flat-topped. Low berm at its foot. Foundation date unknown, but probably in the 11th or 12th centuries (Higham 1979). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

Robert Higham does not seem to have doubts about this as the site of a timber castle. The location, at one end of village street with church at other, is certainly consistent with that of a castle.
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