Cuckney Castle

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Cuckney motte and bailey castle
Cuckney motte and bailey castle, Norton Road, Cuckney (6).jpg
Cuckney motte and bailey castle, December 2017
LocationCuckney, Nottinghamshire
Coordinates53°14′10″N 1°09′15″W / 53.236187°N 1.154034°W / 53.236187; -1.154034Coordinates: 53°14′10″N 1°09′15″W / 53.236187°N 1.154034°W / 53.236187; -1.154034
OS grid referenceSK 56582 71405
Built11th century
Built forThomas de Cuckney
Designated28 April 1953 [1]
Reference no.1010909

Cuckney Castle was in the village of Cuckney, Nottinghamshire between Worksop and Market Warsop (grid reference SK566714).

It was a motte and bailey fortress founded by Thomas de Cuckney.[2] It was slighted after The Anarchy in the reign of King Stephen. There are now the low remains of a motte, partly enclosed by a wide ditch and to the west the faint remnants of a bailey. These remains can be found at the edge of the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Norton Cuckney.

Cuckney motte and bailey castle is listed as a Scheduled Monument by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.[3]

In the 1950s, a mass grave of approximately 200 human remains was found in a trench near the churchyard, leading to speculation regarding a battle near the site.[4]



  1. ^ Historic England & 1016196
  2. ^ Tarbat), Sir James Dixon Mackenzie (7th bart of Scatwell and 9th of (1896). The Castles of England: Their Story and Structure. Macmillan Company. p. 448.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Cuckney motte and bailey castle, Norton Road, Cuckney (1010909)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Ben (15 June 2015). "Archaeologists plan to investigate burial site which could re-write 7th century Battle of Hatfield". Culture24.
  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3