Castle Rising town defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are uncertain remains

NameCastle Rising town defences
Alternative NamesRisinge
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishCastle Rising

Listed by Creighton (2006) as a fortified medieval town with defences of earthworks.

The earthwork and structural remains of Castle Rising Castle, founded in around 1140 by William de Albini II, are located to the south of the village of Castle Rising in Norfolk. Pre-dating the castle, however, are the below ground remains of a Saxon settlement and a ruined church, which may have been the parish church prior to the 12th century. Situated in the central enclosure, to the north of the keep, the church has three bays, two blocked doorways and two round headed windows. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The modern and medieval village lay to the north of the castle but the Saxon manorial complex probably lay where the castle was built. The Norfolk HER online record does, in a long list of monument types associated with its record for the castle, include "TOWN DEFENCES (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)". What does Creighton mean? There do not seem to be any defences of the medieval town; the outer baileys are not large enough to have been even a partial town defence. The Saxon settlement may have been lightly defended but this seems to have been a manorial complex with church rather than a village.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTF665245
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  • Creighton, Oliver, 2006, ''Castles of Communities': Medieval Town Defences in England; Wales and Gascony' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 75-86