Rowley Hill, Sturmer

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameRowley Hill, Sturmer
Alternative Names
Historic CountryEssex
Modern AuthorityEssex
1974 AuthorityEssex
Civil ParishSturmer

Possible Castles:- Stumer TL 688443. Large mound. (King 1983)

A Bronze Age bowl barrow was recorded as being in fairly good condition during field investigation in 1950. Two thick fragments of possible Roman brick were found by the barrow, although no other finds were recovered in the vicinity. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Area excavated in 1994-95 and found evidence of non-continuous occupation from Late Iron Age until C13. About 300m from church but does not appear to be manorial centre. Recorded by King (and Salter) as in Suffolk but as far as Gatehouse is able to establish always in Essex although close to boundary.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL688442
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of East Anglia (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 88 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 460 (possible)
  • Powell, W.R. (ed), 1963, VCH Essex Vol. 3 p. 185
  • RCHME, 1916, An inventory of the historical monuments in Essex Vol. 1 (north-west) p. 298 no. 10 online transcription


  • Walford, T., 1803, 'An account of a Roman military way, in Essex, and of Roman Antiquities, found near it, by Thomas Walford in a letter to the Secretary' Archaeologia Vol. 14 p. 72