Nether Broughton

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameNether Broughton
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishBroughton And Old Dalby

According to Nichols, there was a castle here and there is a possible motte situated 200 yards south of St. Mary's Church. However, there is no clear fieldwork evidence, nothing is known locally, and no documentary evidence exists. (Cantor)

Alleged motte and earthworks of possible village shrinkage. Field investigation in 1972 found no evidence of a motte, but confirmed the presence of village shrinkage. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

There is a Moat Farm at the location and the site, south of the church, is that of a manorial centre. However, McWhirr and Winter suggest this was a small moated site which seems entirely reasonable.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK695260
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  • Hartley, R.F., 1987, The Medieval Earthworks of North-East Leicestershire p. 12, 37
  • Nichols, J., 1795, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire Vol. 2.1 p. 120


  • McWhirr, A.D. and Winter, M.J., 1978-79, 'Medieval Castles Additional Information' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 54 p. 74-75 online copy
  • Cantor, Leonard, 1977-8, 'The Medieval Castles of Leicestershire' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 53 p. 39 online copy