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Castle Thorpe

Hob Uid: 343081
Location :
Milton Keynes
Castlethorpe
Grid Ref : SP7980044500
Summary : Motte with two adjoining baileys, plus the earthwork remains of a fishpond complex. The castle earthworks have been damaged in places by village expansion. The earthworks were still visible on aerial photographs in 1974. Scheduled.
More information : (SP 79874451) Castle (NR) (Site of). (1)

Castle Thorpe consists of a mount with two adjoining baileys and the remains of an apparently rectangular enclosure. (2)

The earthworks are as described above. The motte is now much mutilated and stands on the south side of the inner bailey which has two entrances on the W and NW. Also within this bailey stands the church. All the southern earthworks have been destroyed by village growth but some of their remains have been incorporated as garden features.

Remains of a large fishpond complex survive south of the railway. See 25" re-survey and sketch plan of authy 2. (3)

A rapid examination of air photography (4a) shows the earthworks of the motte and bailey and the fishponds. (4)

Listed by Cathcart King. (5)

The castle was in possession of Maudlin (the Chamberlain) in the second half of the 12th century. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source Number : 2
Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in Buckinghamshire, volume two [north]
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Vol(s) : 1913
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHS 27-OCT-69
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Andrew Miller/25-APR-1994/RCHME: AP Primary Recording Project
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Source Number : 4a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : NMR, SP 7944/1/159-160, SP 7944/2/161, SP 7944/3/162-165, SP 7944/4/166-8, SP 7944/5-7
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Source Number : 5
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Page(s) : 27
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Source Number : 6
Source : Castles, conquest and charters : collected papers
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Source : RCHME: Castlethorpe Motte & Bailey, Buckinghamshire
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Second half of the C12
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1150
Monument Type : Fishpond, Motte And Bailey
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 19080
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : BU 56
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 74 SE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 74 SE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-10-27
End Date : 1969-10-27
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: AIR PHOTOGRAPH PRIMARY RECORDING PROJECT 1992-1996
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1992-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, MEDIEVAL EARTHWORKS, CASTLETHORPE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT 6 THE CHESTNUTS
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1999-01-01
End Date : 1999-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND TO THE REAR OF 'LAVEROCK', 7B NORTH STREET
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2004-01-01
End Date : 2004-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, 'THE FISH PONDS', THE CHEQUERS
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2011-12-31