Bury Castle, Brompton Regis
Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)
There are earthwork remains
|Name||Bury Castle, Brompton Regis
|Civil Parish||Brompton Regis
Bury Castle comprises a series of earthworks forming an oval enclosure of Iron Age. At the southern end of the ramparts is a small motte believed to be of an early C12 date. Surveyed in June 1996 by RCHME who as a result of this also believe that the site is a resused late prehistoric defended enclosure. The prehistoric enclosure measures 85m N-S by 58m E-E and is enclosed by a bank up to 4m high. There is no sign of an entrance and this was probably blocked in the medieval period. The motte is 23m diameter, placed over the ramparts, and with a ditch 6m wide encircling it. The site is apparently undocumented but it is suggested that it was probably built by William de Say before 1144, the year of his death. (Somerset HER)
Bury Castle stands above the junctions of the R. Exe with its tributary the Haddeo, at the end of a high ridge running N & S. It is oval in shape, the apex pointing SW, and the base NE. Maximum length and breadth about 120 x 80 yds. The apex where the entrance is found, is occupied by a mount with an enclosing ditch and the camp might be classed with mount and base court forts, but the mount is very small as compared with the area of the enclosure. Hillfort Class B. (VCH 1911).
This is a motte & bailey (F1 GHP 17-AUG-65).
Bury Castle was surveyed in June 1996 at 1:1000 scale as part of RCHME's East Exmoor Project and at the request of the Exmoor National Park Authority. A detailed report (RCHME 1996) was produced.
The earthworks comprise an oval enclosure, presumably of Iron Age date. Built onto the south end of the prehistoric ramparts is a small motte, possibly built in the early 12th century (R Wilson-North & H Riley 12-JUN-1996 RCHME Field Investigation). (PastScape)
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||SS938269