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The Mount ringwork at Alderton

A Scheduled Monument in Alderton, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1163 / 52°6'58"N

Longitude: -0.9195 / 0°55'10"W

OS Eastings: 474083.990082

OS Northings: 246991.615412

OS Grid: SP740469

Mapcode National: GBR BXS.8CH

Mapcode Global: VHDSR.02SG

Entry Name: The Mount ringwork at Alderton

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1928

Last Amended: 6 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010255

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13644

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Alderton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Alderton St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The ringwork known as The Mount is located on high ground on the north eastern
side of Alderton village, just to the north of St Margaret's church. The
monument has a sub-rectangular bank approximately 1m high enclosing a central
area which is about 50m across. A large ditch, up to 10m wide and 5m deep, is
apparent around the ringwork on all but the south west side. The uneven
interior of the ringwork is slightly raised above the surrounding ground
surface and is considered to preserve below ground remains of buildings.
The early history of The Mount is not clear, but it is mentioned in 13th
century records and is considered to be of late 11th century or early 12th
century date. On a map of 1726 the ditch around the ringwork is shown filled
with water and the area is called Castle Mound.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Ringworks are medieval fortifications built and occupied from the late
Anglo-Saxon period to the later 12th century. They comprised a small defended
area containing buildings which was surrounded or partly surrounded by a
substantial ditch and a bank surmounted by a timber palisade or, rarely, a
stone wall. Occasionally a more lightly defended embanked enclosure, the
bailey, adjoined the ringwork. Ringworks acted as strongholds for military
operations and in some cases as defended aristocratic or manorial settlements.
They are rare nationally with only 200 recorded examples and less than 60
with baileys. As such, and as one of a limited number and very restricted
range of Anglo-Saxon and Norman fortifications, ringworks are of particular
significance to our understanding of the period.

The Mount at Alderton is one of seven ringworks which survive in
Northamptonshire and has an unusual sub-rectangular shape. The monument is
largely undisturbed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, , The Archaeological Sites of Northamptonshire, Volume not known61-3

Source: Historic England

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