Sheering Hall Ringwork

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameSheering Hall Ringwork
Alternative Names
Historic CountryEssex
Modern AuthorityEssex
1974 AuthorityEssex
Civil ParishSheering

Within the grounds of Sheering Hall on high ground immediately N of the Pincey Brook flood plain, are the remains of ringwork of roughly circular form probably of the C11, as the site is said to have been a baronial holding at Domesday. The NE arc is overlaid by Sheering Hall and obliterated by landscaping gardening, but the W and SW arcs survive as a strong rampart, c 1.0m maximum height above the interior, with outer an ditch, 4.5m deep from the top of the rampart. The ditch around the W side was and still is dry, but on the S and E arcs was a wet moat, formed by diverting the Pincey Brook around the base of the rampart, and retained by a bank, 2.0m high, on the S side. The level of water was maintained by a bay c.1.5m high,across the flood plain to the S of the ringwork. The bay is now breached, and the moat is dry. The interior of the work, which must have measured about 70.0m in diameter, contains no evidence of contemporary buildings. (The slopes shown on OS 1:2500 are the result of levelling to accommodate a tennis court). (PastScape Field Investigators Comments–F1 NKB 11-FEB-72)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL495128
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  • Powell, W.R., 1983, VCH Essex Vol. 8 p. 240 (tenurial history) online transcription
  • RCHME, 1921, An inventory of the historical monuments in Essex Vol. 2 (central and south-west) p. 211 no. 5 online transcription