Castle Eaton

Has been described as a Possible Masonry Castle, and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameCastle Eaton
Alternative NamesEton Meysi; Eiton Castelle
Historic CountryWiltshire
Modern AuthoritySwindon
1974 AuthorityWiltshire
Civil ParishCastle Eaton

Leland mentions a castle at Castle Eaton. It was licenced in 1311, when it was called Eton Meysi. (PastScape ref. King 1983)

Eiton Castelle in Whileshir, wher great ruines of a building in Wyleshir, as in ulteriori ripa, remanye yet, a 2. miles upper on the Isis.

Eiton the Lord Zouche's Castle. (Leland)

Gatehouse Comments

Although some medieval ditches and remains have been found in the parish nothing is clearly identifiable as a large, high status, site. Most likely by the church but presumably now lost beneath deposits from flooding of the River Thames (sometime called the Isis in this area. The line of which may have changed somewhat overtime) and very probably the site built over. As with other licenced houses is likely to have been only lightly fortified, with mainly decorative crenellations, although probably moated. Given map reference is for parish church. The castle was possible to the south-east.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU146959
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 695
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of Wessex (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 89
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 501
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker)
  • Oman, Charles W.C., 1926, Castles (1978 edn Beetham House: New York) p. 28
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 222 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 406 online copy


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 166
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 127 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1894, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1307-13) Vol. 1 p. 361 online copy