Quidenham Vikings Mound

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameQuidenham Vikings Mound
Alternative NamesThe Bubberies
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishQuidenham

This site refers to a mound on the west of Eccles Road on the north bank of the River Wittle. The name 'Viking's Mound' is a recent one and is part of the many exciting explanations offered for this site. Over time it has been incorrectly identified as a Bronze Age round barrow, the burial site of Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe, a battlefield site and a Viking monument. The most plausible interpretation of the mound is as the mound of a small Norman motte and bailey castle built by the D'Albinis in C12 to guard the ford. (Norfolk HER)

An imposing mound with surrounding ditch situated on a sloping spur, overlooking a river crossing, and now covered with undergrowth and trees, including an oak in excess of 300 years old. The mound has a maximum overall diameter of 20.0m and a height, above the ditch bottom, of 3.3m; the flat top, at its widest point is 13.0m in diameter, and shows no evidence of a former structure. The surrounding ditch is of impressive proportions, having a base width of up to 8.0m and a depth to the north west of 1.3m; owing to the natural slope this is reduced in the southeast quadrant to 0.4m; the ditch is broken by a causeway to the north-east 3.0m wide. The topographical situation, method of construction, and general appearance suggest this could be a castle mound. No reference to it could be found in the County Library, and it is not shown on early maps in the County Record Office. The name 'Viking Mound' is still in local use. The County Archaeology Unit say that this is the traditional site of Boadicea's burial. They suggest it might be a barrow later used as a mill mound, but there is no evidence to support this. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments–F1 FDC 31-MAY-77)

Gatehouse Comments

Liddiard describes this as a castle mound, 18m in diameter and 4m high, steep sided with a flat summit. No evidence of a bailey. Considered to be a small site built by the D'Albinis in C12 and paired with Denton.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM026878
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  • Liddiard, R., 2000, Landscapes of Lordship (British Archaeological Reports British Series 309) p. 101-2
  • Rogerson, Andrew, 1994, 'Castles' in Wade-Martins, P, (ed), An Historical Atlas of Norfolk (2edn Norwich; Norfolk Museums) p. 68-9
  • Margeson, S., Seiller, F. and Rogerson, A., 1994, The Normans in Norfolk (Norfolk Museums Service) p. 30
  • Blomefield, Francis, 1805, 'Hundred of Giltcross: Quidenham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 1 p. 333-344 (tenurial history) online transcription