Ravengers Castle

Has been described as a Possible Uncertain

There are uncertain remains

NameRavengers Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishStepney

Geoffrey de Manderville's ... position was confirmed by the empress (Matilda) 'about midsummer' 1141, with hereditary custody of the White Tower and of 'Ravenger's little castle' (with the castle nearby' in her second charter). (Coulson)

Et concedo illi et heredibus suis custodiam turris Londonis cum parvo castello quod fuit Ravengeri (RRAN)

Gatehouse Comments

This reads more like a residential tower on the wall around the White Tower rather than a separate site. That is Geoffrey is granted some, but not all, of the Tower of London complex. Might have been a timber or even stone building possible even one on a motte but the site around the Tower has undergone a lot of development since 1141, including the digging of a large moat, and the site and form is unlikely to ever be identified. However clearly near the White Tower at given map reference.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ336804
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  • Osbourne, Mike, 2012, Defending London (Stroud: The History Press) p. 28
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of The Thames Valley and The Chilterns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 51
  • Coulson, Charles, 1994, 'The Castles of the Anarchy' in King, Edmund (ed.), The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign (Oxford University Press) p. 86
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 271
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 290
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 707
  • Round, J.H., 1892, Geoffrey de Mandeville (London: Longmans) p. 328- online copy

Primary Sources

  • Cronne, H.A. and Davis, R.H.C. (eds), 1968, Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum Vol. 3 p. 99-102 online copy