Egmanton Gaddick Hill

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameEgmanton Gaddick Hill
Alternative NamesEgmarton: Guddick Hill
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishEgmanton

Medieval motte and bailey castle, in quite good condition although both the motte and the bailey have been damaged by animal tread particularly the bailey. The Motte is 460ft in circumference at the base and 198ft at the top, with an escarpment of 50ft slope at its highest. A probable entrance to the bailey exists to the north. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The motte has a terrace on the SE side, this is suggested as an entrance lobby type outwork in the VCH and subsequently supported by Speight.

- 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 ReferenceSK735689
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