Horningtoft Danish Camp

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameHorningtoft Danish Camp
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishHorningtoft

A medieval manorial site survives as earthworks. It includes a circular moat, enclosures, linear features and a boundary bank. The moat has been previously interpreted as a ringwork castle and was formerly known as 'Danish Camp'. The boundary bank follows the line of a Roman road. A set of medieval scales and medieval pottery have been found. (Norfolk HER)

Tradition says, "there was once a great castle here," (Norf. Arch., 1855)

Gatehouse Comments

Clearly a manorial centre, with a circular moat suggesting early date, possibly even pre-Conquest. The site was woodland when cleared c. 1855 suggesting the earthworks have been damaged although it seems unlikely these were quite strong enough to really be called a 'castle'.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTF943233
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  • Cushion, B. and Davison, A., 2003, Earthworks of Norfolk (Dereham: East Anglian Archaeology 104) p. 111
  • Rye, Walter (ed), 1901, VCH Norfolk Vol. 1 p. 318 online copy
  • Carthew, G.A., 1879, Hundred of Launditch Vol. 3 p. 251
  • Blomefield, F., 1808, 'Launditch Hundred: Horningtoft' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 9 p. 520-3 (tenurial history) online transcription