Wootton Berry Lane

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameWootton Berry Lane
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough
Modern AuthorityNorthamptonshire
1974 AuthorityNorthamptonshire
Civil ParishWootton

Remains of a motte overlain by earthworks of ridge and furrow and quarrying. (PastScape summary)

Wootton. All the parish was surveyed in advance of Greater Northampton. There are shrunken vill earthworks at the SW, including a small motte-like structure off Berry Lane (SP 759562). Seventeenth century modifications to the open field system are preserved in a good field of ridge and furrow south of the village. There is a possible windmill mound at SP746572. (Northants. Arch. 1974)

The earthworks, said to include a motte and settlement remains, on the S. side of Berry Lane (SP 759562; Northamptonshire Archaeol 9 (1974), 111) are old quarry pits and modern disturbances to ridge-and-furrow. (RCHME)

Gatehouse Comments

The area is shown as being built on in a 2012 air photo. Early air photos shown nothing like a motte. Despite the poorly written PastScape summery there is nothing to suggest a motte here and the dismissal by the RCHME can be accepted.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP759562
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  • RCHME, 1985, An inventory of the historical monuments in the County of Northampton Vol. 5: archaeological sites and churches in Northampton (HMSO) p. 426 online transcription


  • Hall, D.N., 1974, 'Archaeology in Northamptonshire 1973' Northamptonshire Archaeology Vol. 9 p. 111 download from ArchLib