Kings Sutton

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameKings Sutton
Alternative NamesRainsborough Camp; Charlton Camp
Historic CountryNorthamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough
Modern AuthorityNorthamptonshire
1974 AuthorityNorthamptonshire
Civil ParishKing's Sutton

KING'S SUTTON. At this place, 3¾ miles S.E. of Banbury, are the remains of an ancient double embankment. (Mackenzie)

Gatehouse Comments

There are a couple of prehistoric circular enclosures recorded as cropmarks in PastScape in the south of the King's Sutton CP but neither of these seems ever to have been what might be described as a 'double embankment'. Rainsborough Camp, an Iron Age bivallate hillfort in the neighbouring CP of Newbottle fits the description and Gatehouse suspects this is what Mackenzie was referring. This seems to have always been in Newbottle parish although this parish is part of King's Sutton Hundred. Can be safely rejected as a medieval castle.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP526348
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  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 1 p. 167 (in Oxfordshire) online copy
  • Britton, John (ed), 1810, The Beauties of England and Wales Vol. 11 p. 82-3 online copy