Hockwold Cum Wilton

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Ringwork), and also as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameHockwold Cum Wilton
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishHockwold Cum Wilton

A large circular bank and possible ditch with a central feature are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The feature has been interpreted as the remains of a medieval castle. The aerial photo on file shows white circle as of massive ploughed out bank, possible inner ditch (but no outer) and central feature presumably thought to be a keep by R.R. Clarke (NCM). However the feature is similar to natural features nearby; yet it seems significant that the south field boundary bends round it. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Location not far from parish church, and tenurial history does not exclude a high status manor house, but one would think that a masonry castle would be identified with something more than just an aerial photo.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL731876
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  • Blomefield, Francis, 1805, 'Hundred of Grimeshou: Hockwold' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 2 p. 177-187 online transcription (tenurial history only)