Weeting Castle

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Rejected Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameWeeting Castle
Alternative NamesWeting
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishWeeting With Broomhill

The remains of C12 hall house known as Weeting Castle, together with buried remains relating to earlier occupation of the site during the C10 or C11 and a post medieval ice house. The moated site is sub-rectangular in plan and has maximum overall dimensions of circa 105m north-south by circa 79m east-west. The moat, which is now dry, remains open to a depth of 2m and measures up to 10m in width. It surrounds a central island raised 0.4m above the external ground level and with internal dimensions of circa 85m north-south by circa 60m east-west. The remains of the medieval hall house stand in the middle of the southern half of the island. Built circa 1180, the ruined walls, which are constructed of mortared flint rubble with stone dressings, define a rectangular building 30m by 14m, containing a central aisled hall and a substantial three storey tower to the south. Evidence for occupation of the site prior to the construction of the hall house was found during limited excavations below and around the tower and included the buried remains of three successive ditches, dated by finds of pottery of Saxo-Norman type and a coin of the later C10. One of the ditches contained a quantity of burnt daub, possibly from a timber building or buildings. The ice house in the north west corner of the moated site is probably 18th century in date and is presumed to relate to Weeting Hall, which lay circa 225m to the west. It is constructed of brick and covered by an earthen mound circa 2.4m in height and circa 16m in diameter. The entrance is on the north side, facing the moat and comprises an outer doorway, set in a brick retaining wall with butresses to either side. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

In Margeson et al (1994) the earth cover C18 ice house in the NW corner of the moated enclosure is called 'a small motte' - this is erroneous.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceTL778891
Latitude52.471061706543
Longitude0.616349995136261
Eastings577800
Northings289110
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Books

  • Cushion, B. and Davison, A., 2003, Earthworks of Norfolk (Dereham: East Anglian Archaeology 104) p. 182-3 (plan)
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of East Anglia (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 71
  • Liddiard, R., 2000, Landscapes of Lordship (British Archaeological Reports British Series 309) p. 89-90
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 164
  • Rogerson, Andrew, 1994, 'Castles' in Wade-Martins, P, (ed), An Historical Atlas of Norfolk (2edn Norwich; Norfolk Museums) p. 68-9
  • Margeson, S., Seiller, F. and Rogerson, A., 1994, The Normans in Norfolk (Norfolk Museums Service) p. 36, 95
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 309
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 317
  • Wilton, J.W., 1979, Earthworks and Fortifications of Norfolk (Weathercock Press) p. 24
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 341
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1962, The Buildings of England: Norfolk: North-West and South (Penguin) p. 369
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Blomefield, Francis, 1805, 'Hundred of Grimeshou: Weting' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 2 p. 159-173 online transcription (slight tenurial history only)

Journals

  • Heslop, T.A., 2000, 'Weeting 'Castle' a twelfth-century hall house in Norfolk' Architectural History Vol. 43 p. 42-57 purchase copy
  • Baggs, A.P., 1981, The Archaeological Journal Vol. 137 p. 356-7
  • 1965, Medieval Archaeology Vol. 9 p. 190-1 download copy

Other

  • Heslop, T.A., 1999, Weeting 'Castle' and the Twelfth-Century Origins of the Hall House
  • McGee, C. and Perkins, J., 1985, Weeting Castle (English Heritage Archive Report)