Ampthill Park motte

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameAmpthill Park motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBedfordshire
Modern AuthorityBedfordshire
1974 AuthorityBedfordshire
Civil ParishAmpthill

Possible motte and bailey identified north of Ampthill, beside the Bedford Road. (PastScape)

A roughly circular earthwork on a small knoll. It has been suggested that the earthwork is the remains of a motte and bailey, but it is now thought more likely to be the result of quarrying, or possibly a mid-19th century tree planting feature. (Beds HER)

Underwood has suggested that an earthwork adjacent to Hazelwood Lane to the north of the town is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle (Underwood 1976, pl. 1). However, its detached position above the town seems an unlikely location for a Norman castle. Christopher Taylor, formerly with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments, visited the site in 1984 and interpreted it as the remains of quarrying. Angela Simco, however, interpreted the site as a landscape garden feature, possibly a small knoll artificially heightened for tree-planting (HER 2808). (Extensive Urban Survey)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL033388
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  • Petre, James Scott, 2012, The Castles of Bedfordshire (Lavenham: Lavenham Press for Shaun Tyas) p. 99 (discounted)
  • Underwood, A. 1976, Ampthill - a Goodly Heritage (Ampthill) p. 3, pl. 1


  • Dyer, J.F., 1962-3, 'Bedfordshire Earthworks VIII, The Castles: Part One' Bedfordshire magazine Vol. 8 no. 63 p. 236, 270, 350


  • Albion Archaeology, 2002 (edited January 2005), Extensive Urban Survey - Bedfordshire and Luton (Bedfordshire County Council and English Heritage) Download copy