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Leigh Drummers; The Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Drummers Castle

In the civil parish of Leigh.
In the historic county of Dorset.
Modern Authority of Dorset.
1974 county of Dorset.
Medieval County of Dorset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST629077
Latitude 50.86762° Longitude -2.52714°

Leigh Drummers; The Castle has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Called oval ditched enclosure of possible castle by Wilton.

A medieval woodland bank or late prehistoric non-defensive enclosure. The monument takes the form of an oval enclosure measuring 310m N-S with a weak inner bank of an average 8 metre width. To the south-west and north-east are two entrances, both causewayed and measuring circa 4m in width. (PastScape)

The Castle, earthwork on the E. edge of the parish about 1 m. S.E. of the church, consists of a slight bank with occasional traces of an outer ditch and enclosing a roughly oval area of about 9 acres. The bank has been destroyed on much of the S.E. and S.W. sides but is in part represented by a scarp. There are two gaps towards the N.E. and S.W. which may represent entrances. The work occupies a comparatively level and low-lying site. (RCHME)

Slight bank with traces of outer ditch, enclosing around 9 acres. (Dorset HER as Iron Age Hillfort)

Located on parish boundary, which follows line of bank, suggesting the feature is pre-medieval. It is clearly not a medieval castle on the bases of site description, plan and location.
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