Old Buckenham Ice Hill

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameOld Buckenham Ice Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishOld Buckenham

This earthwork of a large mound surrounded by a deep water filled ditch may be a Roman barrow, medieval motte or medieval post mill mound. (Norfolk HER)

The site of a mound of unknown date. It was once known locally as 'Ice Hill', although it is thought unlikely to have been an ice house as there is no house of the right date located nearby. It is surrounded on two sides by a water filled ditch although there are apparently four ditches in total, and bordered just to the north by a pit. In 1935 some beams were found close the surface of the mound, and based on this and subsequent interpretation it is possible the mound is a former mill mound. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Construction as a mill mound seems most likely but there was a small secondary manor in Buckenham, other than the major manor of the Earls of East Anglia at Old Buckenham castle. This was held for half a knights fee and a money payment towards castle guard at Norwich Castle by several William de Bukenham's tenants of Bury Abbey. So just possibly originated as a mound of C11/C12 date mainly symbolising the military status of these tenants.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM068917
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  • Blomefield, Francis, 1805, 'Hundred of Shropham: Old-Bukenham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 1 p. 369-394 online transcription