Laxton Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle, and also as a Certain Palace (Royal)

There are earthwork remains

NameLaxton Castle
Alternative NamesPanpudding Hill
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishLaxton And Moorhouse

Medieval motte and bailey castle, consisting of a fine motte with an inner and an outer bailey. A hall is documented on the site in 1204 and is thought to have stood in the outer bailey, along with a dovecote which was built in 1213-14. The outer bailey also contains the remains of a manor house, built on the site in C16. The bailey may have been modified at this time to create a garden setting for the house. The motte stands circa 10m high and is surrounded by a ditch. A small mound in the centre of the summit post-dates the castle and may represent the remains of a windmil mound or possibly a prospect mound, designed to provide views over the gardens. The earthwork remains include building platforms, a possible well and cellars, two hollow ways and a number of fishponds. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Royal residence for a few years in early C13.

- 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 ReferenceSK720674
Latitude53.2008514404297
Longitude-0.923550009727478
Eastings472040
Northings367460
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Books

  • Wright, James, 2008, Castles of Nottinghamshire (Nottinghamshire County Council) p. 35, 67
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 87
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 201
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 380
  • Chambers, 1964, Laxton: The Last English Open Field Village (HMSO) p. 32-3
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 979-80
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1951, Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (London) p. 94-5
  • Orwin, C.S. and Orwin, C.S., 1935, The history of Laxton online copy
  • Stevenson, W., 1906, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Nottinghamshire Vol. 1 p. 306-7 online copy

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Journals

  • Speight, Sarah, 2008, 'Castles as Past Culture: Living with Castles in the Post-Medieval World' Cha^teau Gaillard Vol. 23 p. 385-94 (slight)
  • Speight, Sarah, 2006, 'Castles and Settlement in Rural Nottinghamshire: Laxton, Egmanton and Greasley' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 325-34
  • Challis, K. and Speight, S., 2005, 'Laxton, the castle' in Speight, S. (ed) 'Archaeology in Nottinghamshire: 2004-2005' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 109 p. 157-60
  • Speight, Sarah, 2005, 'East Midlands Castles - A Research Agenda' Castle Studies Group Bulletin Vol. 18 p. 148-49 (reconstruction)
  • Creighton, O.H., 2004, ''The Rich Man in his Castle, The Poor Man at His Gate': Castle Baileys and Settlement Patterns in Norman England' Cha^teau Gaillard Vol. 21 p. 25-36
  • Speight, Sarah, 1994, 'Early Medieval Castles in Nottinghamshire' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 98 p. 59-61
  • Cameron, A., 1980,' Laxton before 1635' East Midlands Georgrapher Vol. 7.6 p. 219-26
  • Chalkley Gould, I., 1907, 'Some Nottinghamshire Strongholds' Journal of the British Archaeological Association Vol. 13 p. 51-64 esp. 59-60 (plan) online copy
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 210 online copy

Other

  • Kincey, M., Challis, K. and Speight, S., 2006, Laxton Castle Survey Report on the 2006 Season of Work (Birmingham Archaeology and The University of Nottingham) online copy
  • Kincey, M., Challis, K. and Speight, S., 2006, Laxton Castle Survey Report on the 2006 Season of Work (Birmingham Archaeology and The University of Nottingham) online copy
  • Kincey, M., Challis, K. and Speight, S., 2005, Laxton Castle Survey Report on the 2005 Season of Work (Birmingham Archaeology and The University of Nottingham) online copy