|Cuckney motte and bailey castle|
Cuckney motte and bailey castle, December 2017
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|Built for||Thomas de Cuckney|
|Designated||28 April 1953 |
It was a motte and bailey fortress founded by Thomas de Cuckney. 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.
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.
- Historic England & 1016196
- 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.
- Historic England. "Cuckney motte and bailey castle, Norton Road, Cuckney (1010909)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
- 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
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