Hunworth Castle Hill

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameHunworth Castle Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishStody

Medieval ringwork, prominently situated on a glacial spur of sand and gravel overlooking the village of Hunworth to the south west and commanding two crossings of the River Glaven. The ringwork has an overall diameter of 95m and is visible as a penannular earthwork enclosure surrounded by an inner bank, a ditch and a slight counterscarp bank. The inner bank is most clearly defined on the north and east side of the enclosure, where it stands to a height of up to 1.5m above the level of the ground surface in the interior and measures about 15m wide at the base. During limited excavations conducted by the Norfolk Rescue Committee in 1965, the inner face of the bank on the east side was examined and traces of a possible timber revetment observed, backed by the remains of a bank of turf which may have been constructed as part of the preliminary marking out of the enclosure. The counterscarp bank remains visible on the north, north east and south west sides of the enclosure and is about 0.5m in height. The ditch remains open to a depth of between 0.6m and 1.3m below the level of the couterscarp bank except on the south and part of the west side, where it is marked by a slight ledge in the natural slope. (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceTG072352
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