Otley; The Mount

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameOtley; The Mount
Alternative NamesOtley Barrow
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishOtley

Motte and possible several baileys. The motte is a large sub-circular mound about 50m in diameter at the base reducing to 37m at the top and 4m high. This is surrounded by a ditch up to 18m wide and 1m deep. The bailey was probably to the south west, there is no sign of it except possibly a curving hedgerow to the west. Finds recovered included medieval pottery, key, spearhead, coins and buckles. (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM202545
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