Ascott Earl Castle
|Ascott Earl Castle|
|Ascott Earl, Oxfordshire, England|
Motte and bailey remains of the castle in the background
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Ascott Earl Castle was built in the village of Ascott Earl, to a motte-and-bailey design. The castle is very close to the fortification of Ascot d'Oilly Castle, built on an adjacent estate at the other end of the village. Ascott Earl Castle lies on former Iron Age fortifications; its motte is 56m wide and 3.5m high; the surrounding bailey is in the shape of a crescent, approximately 70m by 30m wide.
Today the castle is a scheduled monument.
- Creighton, Oliver Hamilton. (2005) Castles and Landscapes: Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England. London: Equinox. ISBN 978-1-904768-67-8.
- Ascott Earl, The Gatehouse website, accessed 22 May 2011.
- Creighton, p.58.