Southwell Minster siege work

Has been described as a Certain Siege Work, and also as a Certain Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are no visible remains

NameSouthwell Minster siege work
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishSouthwell

The vallum round this was strong enough to permit a spirited defence in 1142. Nothing seems to be left of it. (King 1983)

The Royalist supporters ejected from Nottingham Castle in 1142 circumvallated Southwell Minster and occupied it as a base against the Angevin supporters of Willliam Paynel. Nottingham castle was subsequently retaken by William Peveril whilst Paynel was absent in search of forces with which to attack Southwell, thus rendering the fortification superfluous. Nothing remains of the temporary vallum (and presumably an associated rampart) dug around the Minster. (Creighton 1998)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK701538
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  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 96
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 382
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R Neville, 1953, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longman) p. 439, 483
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1910, VCH Nottinghamshire Vol. 2 p. 152-61 online copy


  • Speight, Sarah, 1995, 'Four More Early Medieval 'Castles' Sites in Nottinghamshire' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 99 p. 68, 70

Primary Sources

  • Arnold, T. (ed), 1885, 'Historia regum, A. D. 616-1129' Symeonis Monachi Opera Omnia (London: Longman Rolls Series 75) Vol. 2 p. 311-12


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 488 online copy