Denham Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameDenham Castle
Alternative NamesCastle Holes
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishGazeley

Denham Castle a motte and bailey, situated on high ground on clay with flints. Both features are enclosed by an oval ditch which measures overall 132.0m southwest-northeast by 122.0m transversely. The ditch averages 15.0m wide by 2.0m deep, except for the waterfilled south east side which is now 34.0m wide. This has possibly been enlarged for ornamental purposes and two small islands added. The original entrance to the bailey was across the south ditch at TL74716279 but this has been much enlarged for later access. (The former approach road is visible as a soil mark on OS air photograph (c).) Two spurs of clay to the west of the motte may have formed part of a later causeway or bridge. Tipping has partially filled the ditch for some 15.0m on the west side. The interior of the bailey has been levelled and landscaped, but vague traces of the inner bank survives on the south west side up to 0.4m high by 14.0m wide but elsewhere it has been mutilated beyond recognition. Faint traces of the ditch which separated the motte from the bailey can be traced in the grass on the south side of the motte. This was probably destroyed when the mound was landscaped. A few large flints are visible on the surface of the motte and in the ditch banks, but no indication of walling survives on the surface. (PastScape–Field Investigators Comments-F2 PAS 11-AUG-77)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL747628
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