Blenheim Park

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameBlenheim Park
Alternative Names
Historic CountryOxfordshire
Modern AuthorityOxfordshire
1974 AuthorityOxfordshire
Civil ParishBlenheim

Probable motte and bailey of adulterine castle which accounts for small size, lack of documentation and location in Civil War between Stephen and matilda. Slope break defines rampart, and motte entrance and ramp are visible. Insufficient information to identify this as a castle or motte for MPP. Probable motte and bailey of adulterine castle (which accounts for small size, lack of documentation, and location in the Civil War between Stephen and Matilda). Break in slope defining ramparts and motte is clearly visible, as is location of entrance and ramp. Site identified as being similar to Ascott Earl motte at Ascott-under-Wychwood. Based on Wessex Archaeology field visit to site, it was determined to be extant, but threatened by footpath at base and trees. (Oxfordshire HER)

Gatehouse Comments

See Woodstock Palaces for possible history and bibliographical references. Blenheim Palace and its grounds, including this location are a World Heritage site although this is for the C18 buildings and landscaping by 'Capability' Brown.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP438173
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  • Wessex Archaeology, 2006, Blenheim Palace, Heritage Management Plan