Blaxton Pond o' the Hill

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameBlaxton Pond o' the Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityDoncaster
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBlaxton

"Blaxton, Pond o' th' Hill. There is an Inclosure evidently very ancient, at the corner of which we find a little mound surrounded with a ditch". (Woodhouse). Pond o' the Hill. It is a mound surrounded by a moat, and was evidently a castle mound. (Annotated Record Map–O.G.S. Crawford, undtd).

There are now only fragmentary remains of this feature sited at SE66930066. The corner of the enclosure bank and a part of the outer bank of the moat (approx. 1.0m. high) survive, but the central mound has been completely obliterated. The remains of this feature are too fragmentary to determine its purpose or period of construction (Field Investigators Comments, 1961).

No longer exists - deleted from field document. (Map Revisers Comment–SC Bontoft 17.6.1983).

Remains of a probable medieval moated site and a bank are visible as earthworks on air photographs, centred at SE 6693 0067. Only part of the north-west corner of the enclosure bank and outer bank of the moat are visible. To the north-east a linear bank runs on a north-east south-west alignment for approximately 139m. Possibly this feature is associated with the moated site. On the 1978 Ordnance Survey vertical photography the monument appears only as soilmarks. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Position confirmed with 1854 OS map but not on modern map and no trace on air photo. Called possible motte and bailey by King, who generally used the term 'possible' to mean doubtful. The description could actually be that of a simple homestead moat with a mound of collapsed building rubble.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE669006
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 6
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 531 (possible)
  • Magilton, J.R., 1977, The Doncaster District: An Archaeological Survey (Doncaster) p. 15, 92
  • Woodhouse, G.H., 1877, Finningley: a memorial addressed to his friends and parishioners p. 7


  • Birch, J., 1981, 'The castles and fortified houses of South Yorkshire' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 137 p. 374-6


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 721 online copy