Ickenham Manor Farm

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameIckenham Manor Farm
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishHillingdon

Greater London SMR record of medieval motte. This is a moated manor site but no other suggesting of motte here.

At Manor Farm a narrow moat takes a somewhat eccentric plan, and is evidently the work of two periods. The earlier moat was quadrangular with the N. side joining the W. at an acute angle. At some later date the E. extremity of the northern trench appears to have been extended, while the E. side of the moat - about 120 ft from the S.E. angle was also turned eastwards in a line parallel to the northern extension; a fragment of the original moat remaining between them. (PastScape)

We have separate records for the motte and the moat at Ickenham Manor Farm. Our position for the moat record is slightly to the west in the position that the surviving section of the moat is shown on historic and modern OS mapping (motte position marked as under house). The evidence for our record appears to come from a personal communication from the West London Archaeological Field Group, relating information from excavations in the 1960s for a flint-built motte, but I'm afraid that I haven't been able to find out any more details of this work. We have the WLAFG card catalogue, but I can find no mention of the motte on the cards either. I checked the Ruislip Manor Farm record to see if the two had been confused, but there is no mention of WLAFG work being carried out there in the 1960s. (Krystyna Truscoe, 2011)

Gatehouse Comments

I wonder if WLAFG were suggesting the manor house was on a building platform? However, Gatehouse suspects here there is some confusion either with archaeological terminology or archaic spelling. The moat at Manor Farm is small, a fairly classic 'homestead moat' which are rarely called defensives and almost never called a fortification.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ082852
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  • RCHME, 1937, An inventory of the historical monuments in Middlesex (HMSO) p. 84 no. 3 online transcription
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1911, 'Ancient earthworks' VCH Middlesex Vol. 2 p. 6


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