Stapleford Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle

There are earthwork remains

NameStapleford Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWiltshire
Modern AuthorityWiltshire
1974 AuthorityWiltshire
Civil ParishStapleford

Medieval ringwork and bailey castle, surviving as earthworks. The earthwork remains of a ringwork and associated features at Stapleford lie on gently sloping ground at the edge of the flood plain of the River Till. On the N and W, where the ground rises, the bank of the ringwork is 3.6m high internally and rises 6m above the bottom of the ditch. In the SE use was made of low-lying land for defence; the bank here is much slighter. The ditch, which for much of its course has an average depth of about 3.5m, is crossed on the SW by the causeway for the original entrance. Within the interior a number of scarps are visible, which presumably represent the remains of internal buildings, although subsequent disturbance means that no coherent pattern is visible. To the N and W of the ringwork are the remains of an angular enclosure bounded by a bank which measures up to 2m high and an associated external ditch up to 1.7m deep. The date and function of this enclosure is uncertain but it may form part of a manorial complex. Although much of the site is covered in trees the setting of the earthworks has been recorded on aerial photographs. (PastScape)

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 ReferenceSU068378
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