Scottow Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are no visible remains

NameScottow Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishScottow

The reputed site of a medieval castle. A C19 documentary source noted that earthworks remained at that time, but nothing can be seen today. Bryant notes that the earthworks of the Fitzrauf's castle remain near Scottow Mere. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Nothing on early OS map. Local area generally under the plough. The tenurial history is complex with three manors in the parish at Domesday and others later. Clearly one of these manor house was Scottow Hall, aside the church. The location mentioned towards the common and somewhat away from the village (but still less than a mile from the church) is not unlike that of some other Norfolk castles but without other evidence this is a doubtful site. The given map reference is that given in the Norfolk HER to, a now gone, 'Suspicious crescent of trees marked by Ordnance Survey' although this actually seems to be a small building in a square field (With tree rich hedge lines) on the 1886 OS map.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG264244
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  • Bryant, T.H., 1890-1910, Churches of Norfolk (Norwich Mercury)
  • Blomefield, F., 1807, 'Hundred of South Erpingham: Scothow' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 6 p. 340-9 (tenurial history) online transcription