Annesley Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameAnnesley Castle
Alternative NamesAnelegh
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishAnnesley

Medieval motte and bailey castle in Annesley Park. It comprises a flat-topped motte with a bailey to the north. Fragments of bank and ditch across the bailey may indicate that it was divided into two courts. The motte has a diameter of 42m and is 2m high. On the east and southeast the natural slope drops steeply away; there is the slight unsurveyable depression of a ditch on the north. The defences of the bailey appear to have consisted of a bank with an outer ditch which are only extant at the north-east corner. Elsewhere the bank followed the crest of the slope and now appears as a step-like scarping of that slope. Where it is best preserved the bank is 7m wide and 0.8m high, with a ditch of equivalent dimensions. The transvere bank is visible for a length of 40m and averages 8m wide and 2m high. There are traces of a ditch on the north side. (PastScape)

Geophysical survey in 2004 revealed buried banks and ditches of the baileys and ridge and furrow ploughing across the outer bailey. (James Wright 2010)

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 ReferenceSK509518
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Photograph by Andrew Herrett. All rights reserved

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