Lower Oddington motte

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameLower Oddington motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGloucestershire
Modern AuthorityGloucestershire
1974 AuthorityGloucestershire
Civil ParishOddington

(SP 235254) The possible site of a Norman motte lies south of the church in a wood (OS Map annotation 1937)

The site occupies a small, low, natural ridge with poor defensive potential. There is no indication of artificial scarping of the slopes; it is very unlikely that it was utilised as a 'motte' (F1 CC 15-APR-77).

This location falls within the area mapped from aerial photographs by English Heritage's Gloucestershire NMP, but no trace of a motte was identified on this site during that survey (RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This alleged motte is near to the church and probably site of medieval village, although that is now further north. The VCH does not mention this supposed motte but does write there was a residential manor house of the Archbishop of York in this general location (Lower Oddington Palace). The tenurial history is of this being a manor disputed between St Peter's Abbey, Gloucestershire and, initially, Ealdred, Bishop of Worcester and his successors the Archbishops of York. Neither of these are likely to have built a castle here.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP235254
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  • Elrington, C.R. (ed), 1965, VCH Gloucestershire Vol. 6 p. 87- (tenurial history) online transcription