East Farndon Moot Hill

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameEast Farndon Moot Hill
Alternative NamesHall Close
Historic CountryNorthamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough
Modern AuthorityNorthamptonshire
1974 AuthorityNorthamptonshire
Civil ParishEast Farndon

Suggested motte but King rejects writing that OS investigators are entirely unconvinced. PastScape record summary reads "Supposed earthworks-hollow way & bank of little significance. Earlier interpretations as possible Civil War earthworks have been discounted."

Very near the top of the East Farndon Hill, where it bends to the North, there stood as they say a Castle, or as others, a Bulwark against the Danes. There is now little more remaining than a part as it seems, of a Military Trench or Trenches, in the call'd the Hall Close, and in that call'd Gallock's Close, West of the Church. (Morton 1712)

"Farndon, East - A moot hill, moated, near the church, and connected with an earlier camp." (Clark 1889)

Mounds, at SP 7158 8476 and SP 7164 8454, were locally identified with the so-called 'moot' of Morton and Clark and there are local traditions of the mounds being the burial-place of the Naseby dead, etc. All are quarry-mounds derived from nearby pits, of no archaeological significance. There is a general tendency in the area of Naseby to associate any prominent feature, natural or artificial, with the battle of 1645. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 WCW 23-MAR-1960)

Gatehouse Comments

Scheduled as medieval rural settlement.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceSP715849
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 320 (reject)
  • Downman, E.A., 1906, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Serjeantson, R.M., Ryland, W. and Adkins, D. (eds), VCH Northamptonshire Vol. 2 p. 418-9 online copy
  • Nichols, J., 1798, History and Antiquities of Leicestershire Vol. 2.2 p. 701 and plan opp. 478 online copy
  • Morton, J., 1712, The Natural History of Northamptonshire p. 546 online copy


  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 209 online copy
  • Clark, G.T., 1880, The Builder Vol. 38 p. 250