Old Warden Quince Hill

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameOld Warden Quince Hill
Alternative NamesQuints Hill
Historic CountryBedfordshire
Modern AuthorityBedfordshire
1974 AuthorityBedfordshire
Civil ParishOld Warden

One side of ringwork (or possibly motte) and narrow bailey.

Quints or Quince Hill is the remains of a massive motte, destroyed on the east side, with double-ditches curving around the north and west sides. Nothing is known of the history of the site. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The VCH writes "At the time of the Domesday Survey OLD WARDEN MANOR was held by William Spech as a manor of 9 hides. It formed part of the barony of Warden, which was created before 1166. After the death in 1153 of Walter Espec, certainly the descendant, probably the son, of William Spech, his possessions were divided between his three sisters." The various parts of the manor were eventual reunited in the hands of Warden Abbey, itself founded by Walter Spech. It would seem likely that the castle was founded by either William or Walter Spech (Espec) possibly at a similar time to the foundation of the Abbey. It probably went out of use on the death of Walter Espec in 1153. Other than the church there is little settlement now at Old Warden but presumably the church represents the site of a DMV. There is a park nearby.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL136445
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