Brinklow Castle

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Brinklow Castle
Brinklow, Warwickshire, England
Brinklow castle mound.jpg
Earthworks of Brinklow Castle
Brinklow Castle is located in Warwickshire
Brinklow Castle
Brinklow Castle
Coordinates52°24′46″N 1°21′27″W / 52.4127°N 1.3575°W / 52.4127; -1.3575Coordinates: 52°24′46″N 1°21′27″W / 52.4127°N 1.3575°W / 52.4127; -1.3575
Grid referencegrid reference SP438796
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information

Brinklow Castle, known locally as the Tump, is a medieval castle in the village of Brinklow in the county of Warwickshire between Coventry and Rugby.


The defensive ditch surrounding the mound

Brinklow seems to have first been used as a prehistoric barrow thus the old English of hlāw in the name Brinklow[1] which was later modified by Earl Alberic,[2] the first Norman lord of Brinklow, but he left his Earldom in Northumbria and thus lost his lands in England before the writing of the Domesday, however his land and title had not been reassigned by the time of the Domesday recording thus there is a good record of his land holdings.[3]

Brinklow is a motte and bailey castle of grand size: the motte is 12 m high and its original bailey was 121m wide by 152m long, later it seems that Brinklow’s bailey was modified to enclose a smaller area by cutting a ditch and forming a rampart in the middle of the bailey:[4] this seems to suggest that Brinklow slowly declined.

See also[edit]


  • Creighton C, 2002: Castles and Landscapes Power, Community and Fortification in Medieval England. Equinox, Great Britain
  • Chatwin P, 1955: "Brandon Castle, Warwickshire, Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeology", Society, 73, 63–83
  • Holt, J. 1972: "Politics and Property in Early Medieval England", Past & Present, 57, 3–52
  • Williams A (Ed), Martin GH (Ed), 2003: Domesday book, A complete Translation. Penguin books, England

Further reading[edit]

  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3


  1. ^ Creighton: 2002, 70.
  2. ^ Williams A, Martin GH eds: 2003, 655.
  3. ^ Holt: 1972, 6; Chatwin: 1948, 4.
  4. ^ Chatwin: 1948, 4.

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