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Pamphill, Abbott Street Wood

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST98500065
Latitude 50.80541° Longitude -2.02264°

Pamphill, Abbott Street Wood has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


ENCLOSURE 98500065, in Abbot Street Copse, lies on a spur of the Reading Beds about 125 ft. above O.D. It is roughly oval in plan, 100 ft. across from E. to W. and 75 ft. from S. It is bounded by a low bank up to 15 ft. across and rarely more than 2 ft. high, with a ditch 12 ft. across and 2 ft. deep outside it. There is no obvious entrance and the interior is featureless. The enclosure lies in the fork between two hollow-ways, probably later than itself (RCHME).
Scrub clearance in Abbot Street Copse has led to the discovery of an earthwork which could be the remains of a motte-and-bailey (Hall and Peem). (PastScape).

Dorset HER record as enclosure of unknown date. Although called a 'motte and bailey' there is no description of a mound. The site was known to the RCHME but not interpreted as a motte, that interpretation was made after scrub clearance of the site in the 1980's. A church, a DMV and a manor house of medieval date are all within 500m. Fairly small enclosure. Close to line of Roman road, but not a centre for modern roads or footpaths. Gatehouse suspects Iron Age enclosure rather than medieval.
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