Wallingford St Peter's Church mound

Has been described as a Questionable Siege Work

There are uncertain remains

NameWallingford St Peter's Church mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBerkshire
Modern AuthorityOxfordshire
1974 AuthorityOxfordshire
Civil ParishWallingford

Mound beside church may be Wallingford siege works of c1140 (Renn, 1973).

Gatehouse Comments

No mention of mound in PastScape. The current St Peter's Church is C18. Whilst it is somewhat doubtful regarding this specific mound the possibility that there was some sort of siege work at or near the church cannot be discounted. In the Antiquity article Renn write "Built by Henry of Anjou in 1152, relieving castle from Stephen's counter fort at Crowmash" An archaeological field investigators report of 1963 reads "St. Peters Church immediately south of the east gate sits on a mound, obviously part of the burh bank" Is there a suggestion the burh bank had been adapted into a mound to form a siege work? The medieval church was destroyed in the C17 Civil War and there is also the possibility the mound is demolition rubble of this date. See Wallingford Castle and Wallingford siege castles for further information and bibliographies.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU609894
Latitude51.6007118225098
Longitude-1.12187004089355
Eastings460960
Northings189460
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Books

  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 338

Journals

  • Renn, D.F., 1959, 'Mottes: a classification' Antiquity Vol. 33 p. 110

Primary Sources

  • Sewell, R.C. (ed), 1846, Gesta Stephani, Regis Anglorum et Ducis Normannorum p. 58-60 online copy (The newer edition and translation by Potter, K.R. (ed), 1976 (2edn), Gesta Stephani (Oxford University Press) should be consulted for serious study. See also Speight, S., 2000, 'Castle Warfare in the Gesta Stephani' , Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 19 [see online transcription > http://web.archive.org/web/20101229213751/http://www.deremilitari.org/resources/articles/speight.htm])