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Name:Verdley Castle
HER Ref:MWS2603
Type of record:Monument

Designations - none recorded


Verdley Castle was probably once a C13 hunting tower and became ruined in C16. Remains possibly of a keep existed in C19 partly surrounded by a moat. The foundations were dug out in C19.{1}{2}{3} The foundations measured 68ft by 35ft, the walls being 6ft thick without buttresses. The enclosing swampy ground suggested a former moat.{4} The site of the building is marked by humus-covered mounds of rubble and random blocks of sandstone upon a small sand plateau on the lower N. slope of Henley Hill. A small stream flows either side giving marshy ground below the site. Above on the SW. side are steeper wooded slopes. The ground is so contoured that the site could never have been moated.{5} Evidence of greensand building stone and base of a window sill. The ground had been heavily disturbed by forestry work in the 1970's or earlier. {6}

Grid Reference:SU 9035 2579
Parish:Fernhurst, Chichester, West Sussex
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Monument Types

  • HUNTING LODGE (Medieval - 1200 AD to 1299 AD)


<1>Bibliographic reference: Ellis WS. 1885. Parks and Forests of Sussex. 210.
<2>Bibliographic reference: Mackenzie JD. 1897. Castles of England. 1:89.
<3>Bibliographic reference: 1953. VCH (Sussex). 55.
<4>Bibliographic reference: 1860. Sussex Arch Colls. 12:265 plan & elevations.
<5>Bibliographic reference: OS. 1970. SU92NW3.
<6>Verbal communication: Taylor, M. Aug 2004.

Associated Events - none recorded

Associated Monuments - none recorded

Associated Finds - none recorded