Downton Castle Meadow

Has been described as a Rejected Siege Work

There are no visible remains

NameDownton Castle Meadow
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWiltshire
Modern AuthorityWiltshire
1974 AuthorityWiltshire
Civil ParishDownton

A siege castle was built against Downton in 1148. The site has been associated with a site known as Castle Meadow, although it could possibly be associated with a ringwork and double bailey constructed within the Iron Age hillfort at Godshill, 5.5 kms to the south-west. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

See Downton. Castle Meadow is an identification Creighton writes which is 'almost certainly erroneous'. The actual site is probably a ringwork and double bailey constructed within the Iron Age hillfort at Godshill, 5.5 kms to the south-west (SU16661617 in Hampshire). A Saxon gravel pit, later used as a rubbish pit, was excavated at Castle Meadow in 1956-7. The fill of the pit contained Mesolithic and later worked flint and Roman and Medieval pottery. The site has been well excavated and any possibility of a castle here can be rejected. The castle place-name possibly refers to a Roman villa.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU179211
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 501
  • Squarey, E.P., 1906, The Moot and its Traditions (Salisbury: Bennet) p. 30-31


  • Creighton, O.H., 2000, 'Early Castles in the Medieval Landscape of Wiltshire' Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Vol. 93 p. 108 online copy


  • Mcmahon, Phil, 2004, The Archaeology of Wiltshire's Towns An Extensive Urban Survey Downton (Wiltshire County Archaeology Service) online copy