Walpole St Peter

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameWalpole St Peter
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishWalpole

A mound, now destroyed, at Walpole St Peter TF 501165 may have been a motte. (Med. Arch. 1968). (King 1983)

NORFOLK: WALPOLE ST. PETER (TF 501165). Norwich Museum reports that the mound indicated on the O.S. map has been levelled for the construction of a bungalow. An adjoining field is called 'Castle Meadow' and suggests that the mound was a motte. (Med. Arch. 1968)

PastScape record for a "Medieval mound, possibly a navigation marker, windwill mound or motte" at TF49911696.

TF 4991 1697 This is the site of at least one mound which is known to have been visible during the 19th century. It is possible that it may have been the remains of a medieval windmill mound, but the exact date and identification of the site is unclear. However, a number of Middle Saxon to medieval pottery sherds were recovered from the mound and its surrounding area. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Both mounds appear on 1886 map, neither looks like a motte. Whilst both were close to church the actual manorial centre appears to be Old Manor Farm. Now someway inland but the Wash would have extended further inland in the medieval period. However the suggestion this was a navigation marker seems particularly weak.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTF501165
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  • Liddiard, R., 2000, Landscapes of Lordship (British Archaeological Reports British Series 309) p. 16 (reject)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 310 (possible)
  • Blomefield, F., 1808, 'Freebridge Hundred: Walpole' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 9 p. 99-121 (tenurial history) online transcription


  • 1968, 'Medieval Britain in 1967' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 12 p. 177 on copy
  • Talbot, E., 1967, CBA Group 7: Bulletin p. 9