Boughton, Diddington

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBoughton, Diddington
Alternative NamesSouthoe
Historic CountryHuntingdonshire
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishDiddington

The remains are typical DMV with many garden enclosures visible but few building sites. The main occupation area appears to have been on the valley floor and the enclosures here are distinguished by much subdivision, encroached on by ridge and furrow, suggesting it is very early. Also ridge and furrow to the W but it ends uniformly against a ditch which delimits the village on that side. At the SE corner of the site on the most dominant part of the ridge is a strongly ditched, defensive enclosure of generally rectangular form, so mutilated by gravel digging that its character could be questioned. The enclosed area measures 115.0m by 60.0m at its widest and 35.0m at its narrowest. (Camb HER record)

Gatehouse Comments

Moated area, might be site of vanished Southoe or Boughton first mentioned in 1140 but abandoned by 1153.

- 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 ReferenceTL197647
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of East Anglia (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 18
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 225
  • RCHME, 1926, An inventory of the historical monuments in Huntingdonshire p. 69 no. 2 online transcription


  • Lowerre, A.G., 2004, Placing Castles in the Conquest. Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100 (PhD thesis: Boston College) p. 506