Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are no visible remains

Alternative NamesBurtuna
Historic CountryWiltshire
Modern AuthoritySwindon
1974 AuthorityWiltshire
Civil ParishPurton

The proposed as Stephanic castle of Burtuna attacked in 1147 is variously identified as Black Bourton, Oxon (SP286042) and as Purton, Wilts (SU096872) or Burton Grove Farm, Wilts ( SU191891) All sites are near Cricklade, with which this castle is associated.

Quia cum ad civitatem Cricheladam, et ad municipium, quod Burtuna dicitur, quae tunc regii habebantur juris, quasi interius, sine obstaculo, irrupturi advenissent, hinc, cum dedecore effugati, inde, metu eos abigente, festine fuere propulsi. (Sewell)

Gatehouse Comments

If there were a 'castle' (a hastily defended manor house might be realistically expected) then this was, presumably, at or very near to the site now occupied by Grade 2-star listed C16/C17 Manor house.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU096872
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 387, 501
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 124


Primary Sources

  • Sewell, R.C. (ed), 1846, Gesta Stephani, Regis Anglorum et Ducis Normannorum p. 128 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])