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Name:Motte and bailey castle, Castle Hill, Cranborne
Type of Record:Monument
HER Number:MDO5493
Last edited:Sep

Location:Cranborne, East Dorset
Grid Reference:SU 059 126
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Monument Type(s)


A motte and bailey castle consisting of a circular motte with a crescent-shaped bailey on its western and north-western sides. The castle is likely to have been constructed in the late eleventh century or early twelfth century, in the years following the Norman Conquest in 1066. The site is visible under trees on aerial photographs taken in 1945-6; it was digitally recorded during the Dorset Stour NMP.

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument 1004560: Castle mound (or Castle Hill)

Sources and Further Reading

<1>SDO3 - Serial: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club. 4. 134-136.
<2>SDO129 - Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England). 1975. An Inventory of Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume Five (East Dorset). 15.
<3>SDO131 - Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Records. SU 01 SE 14.
<4>SDO15463 - Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 27-APR-1947. RAF CPE/UK/2308 FS 4114-5.
<5>SDO15464 - Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 20-MAR-1945. RAF 106G/LA187 RP 3090-1.

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