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Sherrington Castle mound: motte castle east of Sherrington Manor

A Scheduled Monument in Sherrington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1524 / 51°9'8"N

Longitude: -2.0585 / 2°3'30"W

OS Eastings: 396002.728163

OS Northings: 139244.624191

OS Grid: ST960392

Mapcode National: GBR 2X8.NCJ

Mapcode Global: VHB5D.89LC

Entry Name: Sherrington Castle mound: motte castle east of Sherrington Manor

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 31 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010460

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12321

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sherrington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Sherrington St Cosmo and St Damian

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a motte castle with surrounding moat set on level ground
in the valley of the River Wylye. The motte is 48m across and rises 5.5m
above ground level. It has a level top 28m across with traces of a perimeter
bank. A ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the
monument, surrounds the motte. This survives as a waterfilled moat to the
south, east and north of the mound but is dry to the west. It varies in width
between 5m and 25m and is between 2 and 3m deep except to the west where it
survives as a buried feature.
The site is believed to have been a castle belonging to the Gifford family.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Motte castles are medieval fortifications introduced into Britain by the
Normans. They comprised a large conical mound of earth or rubble, the motte,
surmounted by a palisade and a stone or timber tower. In a majority of
examples an embanked enclosure containing additional buildings, the bailey,
adjoined the motte. Motte castles and motte-and-bai1ey castles acted as
garrison forts during offensive military operations, as strongholds, and, in
many cases, as aristocratic residences and as centres of local or royal
administration. Built in towns, villages and open countryside, motte castles
generally occupied strategic positions dominating their immediate locality
and, as a result, are the most visually impressive monuments of the early
post-Conquest period surviving in the modern landscape. Over 600 motte castles
and motte-and-bailey castles are recorded nationally, with examples known from
most regions. Some 100-150 examples do not have baileys and are classified as
motte castles. As one of a restricted range of recognised early post-Conquest
monuments, they are particularly important for the study of Norman Britain and
the development of the feudal system. Although many were occupied for only a
short period of time, motte castles continued to be built and occupied from
the 11th to the 13th centuries, after which they were superseded by other
types of castle.

The Sherrington Castle mound survives well and has potential for the recovery
of both archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
landscape at the time the site was occupied.

Source: Historic England


Mrs Miller, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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