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HER Number:MDV12056
Name:MOTTE in the Parish of Bratton Fleming


Possible motte to the northeast of church


Grid Reference:SS 645 378
Map Sheet:SS63NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBratton Fleming
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRATTON FLEMING

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS63NW/15

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MOTTE (XI to Late Medieval - 1001 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

NDAS, 1964, Hon Sec Report, 1 (Article in Serial). SDV69379.

A trial excavation was made at base of earthwork but was inconclusive.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Archaeology of Exmoor, 134,213 (Monograph). SDV1641.

Mound possible motte. There is a possible motte on west slope of hill, north-east of church. Identification supported by field names 'Castle Field', 'Castle Moor', 'Castle Meadow, and 'Castle Farm' in the immediate vicinity.

Ordnance Survey, 1973, OS SS63NW 8 (Site Visit). SDV69377.

A segment of a mound appears to be north end of natural spur but may have been artificially scarped. Its origin as a motte is doubtful.

Higham, R. A., 1979, The Castles of Medieval Devon, 116-7,247,260,293,315,317 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV336189.

A truncated mound which strong local tradition says is a castle. The wall now truncating the mound was built sometime after 1839. The surviving N half is 22m on long axis and 6m wide x 3m high & flat-topped. Low berm at its foot. Foundation date unknown, but probably in the 11th or 12th centuries. Other details: Fig 32.

Higham, R. A., 1988, Devon Castles: An Annotated List, 144 (Article in Serial). SDV341278.

Higham, R. A. + Freeman, J. P., 1996, Devon Castles (Draft Text), 11 (Monograph). SDV354350.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1641Monograph: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. A5 Hardback. 134,213.
SDV336189Post-Graduate Thesis: Higham, R. A.. 1979. The Castles of Medieval Devon. University of Exeter Thesis. Unknown. 116-7,247,260,293,315,317.
SDV341278Article in Serial: Higham, R. A.. 1988. Devon Castles: An Annotated List. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 46. Paperback Volume. 144.
SDV354350Monograph: Higham, R. A. + Freeman, J. P.. 1996. Devon Castles (Draft Text). Devon Castles. A4 Unbound + Digital. 11.
SDV69377Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1973. OS SS63NW 8. OS SS63NW 8.
SDV69379Article in Serial: NDAS. 1964. Hon Sec Report. North Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter. 1.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM