Little Kimble Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameLittle Kimble Motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityBuckinghamshire
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishGreat And Little Kimble

Motte and two baileys surviving as earthworks with associated possibly later homestead moat. The island in the moat contains rubble from a Tudor building. There are a number of water control features on site dating to the mid C19. The motte is some 40m in overall diameter, and 4.5m in height. The flat summit is 20m across and 1m below the summit, the mound extends a further 20m to the south east. The inner bailey measured 50m by 20m and a second bailey 70m by 40m. There is also a homestead moat measuring 50m by 25m. The arms are 10m in width and up to 1.5m in depth. (PastScape)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP827063
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Calculate Print


  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of The Thames Valley and The Chilterns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 36
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 28
  • RCHME, 1912, An inventory of the historical monuments in Buckinghamshire Vol. 1 (south) p. 167 online copy
  • Allcroft, A. Hadrian, 1908, Earthwork of England (London) p. 412-3, 476 online copy
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1908, VCH Buckinghamshire Vol. 2 p. 303-5 online transcription


  • 1997, South Midlands Archaeology: CBA Group 9 Newsletter Vol. 27 p. 16 online copy
  • Renn, D.F., 1959, 'Mottes: a classification' Antiquity Vol. 33 p. 106-12 (listed as precursor to Cymbeline's Mount)

Primary Sources

  • Jenkins, J.G. (ed), 1955, The Missenden Cartulary Part 2 (Buckinghamshire Record Society 10) p. 167 online copy


  • Historic England, 2016, Heritage at Risk South East Register 2016 (London: Historic England) p. 8 online copy
  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk South East Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 8 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 9 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 8 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 26 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 25 online copy
  • Gething, Ian and Thorn, Brett, 1996, A report on an archaeological survey of the earthworks at Little Kimble.