Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are uncertain remains

Alternative NamesGaultney; Galclint; Galchlin
Historic CountryNorthamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough
Modern AuthorityNorthamptonshire
1974 AuthorityNorthamptonshire
Civil ParishRushton

According to John of Hexham, there was a castle and treasure-house of William d'Albini at Galclint (Gaultney) which was captured by Count Alan of Britanny in 1140. In 1141, Alan had been captured by the Earl of Chester, who starved him into surrendering the castle. The location has been identified from the English Place Name Society. The position is in a wooded area covered in opencast workings which could have engulfed any evidence of a castle. (PastScape)

Rushton SP840825. Castle captured in 1140 ( Symeon of Durham II, p. 306) might be the (?) motte (B) in Gaultney Wood, perhaps the Galclint castle of 1148-53 (Stowe MS, f.&, cited in Early Yorkshire Charters IV, p. 90). (Renn)

Gatehouse Comments

King just writes Gaultney is vanished. Salter writes area completely altered by opencast mining though this is not apparent from maps and area certainly mainly unchanged since 1891. Area isolated from settlement but adjacent to Gaultney Lodge. No archaeological record of DMV or medieval finds in the area. Unfortunately the is no online tenurial history for Rushton parish and Gatehouse has not been able to associate William d'Aubigny with any of the several manors in the parish although it seems doubtful any would be large enough to support a castle (but a small hunting lodge would not be out of the question). Map reference is approximate. See record for the castle of Galchlin for full historical references.

- Philip Davis

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSP823840
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  • Lowerre, A.G., 2005, Placing Castles in the Conquest. Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100 (Oxford: John and Erica Hedges Ltd: BAR British Series 385) p. 246
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 76
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 319, 322n34, 35
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 305
  • Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. and Stenton, F.M., 1933, The Place-Names of Northamptonshire (English Place-Name Society 10) p. 120


  • Lowerre, A.G., 2004, Placing Castles in the Conquest. Landscape, Lordship and Local Politics in the South-Eastern Midlands, 1066-1100 (PhD thesis: Boston College) p. 535-57