Bourne Village Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBourne Village Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLincolnshire
Modern AuthorityLincolnshire
1974 AuthorityLincolnshire
Civil ParishBourne

In the list of 'New post-Conquest medieval village defences of no known urban significance' and encoded as 'Earthen bank and/or ditch' 'substantial lengths of circuit in good state of preservation' 'No documentary record' 'No archaeological excavation' (Bond 1987 misspelt as Hourne)

Possible outer village enclosure west of motte and bailey castle (Bond 2001)

Gatehouse Comments

The parish church and modern village centre is east of the motte of the castle and the road pattern suggest this was always the situation which means this enclosure is a large outer bailey of the castle not a village enclosure. See Bourne Castle record.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTF092197
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  • Osborne, Mike, 2010, Defending Lincolnshire: A Military History from Conquest to Cold War (The History Press) p. 53
  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 267
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 260
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 113


  • Bond J., 2001, 'Earthen Castles, Outer Enclosures and the Earthworks at Ascott d'Oilly Castle, Oxfordshire' Oxoniensia Vol. 46 p. 67-8 (Appendix: Earthwork castles with attached village enclosures) online copy