Little Missenden Castle Tower

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameLittle Missenden Castle Tower
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityBuckinghamshire
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishLittle Missenden

Medieval motte and bailey surviving as an earthwork. Field investigations in 1971 found the motte to have a diameter of 27m and an average height of 1.7m. The bailey was situated to the south. It was oval in plan, measured 35m north-south by 30m east-west and enclosed by a bank between 12m to 18m wide and up to 1.2m in height. There were traces of an outer ditch around the north-east side of both the motte and bailey. No entrance or causeway was visible. (PastScape)

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 ReferenceSU926996
Latitude51.6871185302734
Longitude-0.662810027599335
Eastings492680
Northings199670
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Books

  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of The Thames Valley and The Chilterns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 36
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 28
  • RCHME, 1912, An inventory of the historical monuments in Buckinghamshire Vol. 1 (south) p. 234 online copy

Journals

  • O'Connor Thompson, S.P., 1980, 'Castle Tower, Little Missenden' Records of Buckinghamshire Vol. 22 p. 140-141