Barton Castle, Wield
Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Masonry Castle
There are masonry ruins/remnants remains
|Name||Barton Castle, Wield
|Alternative Names||Barton Copse
|Historic Country||Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
A little earthwork in Barton Copse, Wield, is at the edge of the oak copse in the bottom of a hollow which runs out westwards.
It is roughly a square of c.50 yards bounded by a bank standing at most c.2 feet above the area and 3 feet above the bottom of the ditch. On the north face the ditch seems more marked along the inside of the bank; on the west the present hedge bank seems to be the original boundary of the enclosure. On the north side there are some flints along the bank which rather suggest a wall. There is no obvious original approach or entrance. It is just on the edge of the clay. It seems likely that the enclosure has to do with the Barton of the place-name (Williams-Freeman).
In a wood at some distance from Wield is the site of a destroyed house known as the Castle. It was probably a house of the Wallop family, but nothing of it now remains, its masonry having been, according to local report, carried off for building material in the village. (Parish of Wield in the Hundred of Fawley). (May possibly apply to this site, but see also SU 64 SW 16, traditional site of 'Hurst Castle', situated about 250m. outside the parish boundary of Wield) (VCH).
Nothing identifiable with the description by Williams-Freeman was seen in perambulation of Barton Copse. The ground is uneven and in the south of the area demarcated the wood has grown beyond the boundary bank and ditch marking its former west side. This bank and ditch has a profile similar to that described by Williams-Freeman (F1 WCW 04-NOV-56).
A motte and bailey type earthwork close to the right of way between Wield church (SU 63 NW 5) and Godsfield (SU 63 NW 7). Well defined walls suggest a date of mid - C12th. (Hants Treasures). (PastScape)
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||SU620380