Benington Village Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are earthwork remains

NameBenington Village Defences
Alternative NamesBennington
Historic CountryHertfordshire
Modern AuthorityHertfordshire
1974 AuthorityHertfordshire
Civil ParishBenington

embanked as dependency of its castle (King 1983)

Gatehouse Comments

It is suggested that there may be embanked defences of the village associated with the castle. The evidence for this seems slight. The castle bailey earthwork are damaged and their line is perhaps not as clear as may be suggested by some plans. Given map reference is for parish church which, along with the church yard, does lie on an apparent raised platform but this seems to be natural, modified by the road, being something of a holloway.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL298236
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 259
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 222
  • RCHME, 1910, An inventory of the historical monuments in Hertfordshire (London: HMSO) p. 51-2 online transcription


  • Bond J., 2001, 'Earthen Castles, Outer Enclosures and the Earthworks at Ascott d'Oilly Castle, Oxfordshire' Oxoniensia Vol. 46 p. 67-8 (Appendix: Earthwork castles with attached village enclosures listed merely as 'Benington(?)') online copy