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Cymbeline's Castle

Coordinates: 51°45′00″N 0°47′44″W / 51.7499°N 0.7955°W / 51.7499; -0.7955
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Cymbeline's Castle
Cymbeline's Castle and Little Kimble
Highest point
Coordinates51°45′00″N 0°47′44″W / 51.7499°N 0.7955°W / 51.7499; -0.7955
LocationGreat Kimble, Buckinghamshire
OS gridSP 83265 06350

Cymbeline's Castle, also known as Cymbeline's Mound and Belinus's Castle, is the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle in woods north-east of Great Kimble in Buckinghamshire, England. It is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.[1]

The motte is about 42 metres (138 ft) in diameter and encircled on three sides by a ditch, outside which lie two additional baileys. Within the baileys have been found pottery fragments of the 13th–15th centuries, and Iron Age and Romano-British fragments have been recovered to the east of the remains.[1] A short distance to the west are remains of another motte-and-bailey castle, along with a moated enclosure and a Roman villa.[2]

The name associates it with the ancient British king Cunobeline (Cymbeline), although this may be a Victorian invention.[1] (There is also a theory that the nearby villages of Great Kimble, Little Kimble and Kimble Wick are named after Cymbeline;[3] however, this has been discredited, as the etymology of Kimble is a description of the hill rather than a name.[4])

It is said that if one runs around this mound seven times, the devil will appear.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Cymbeline's Castle (1013941)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Motte and bailey castle, moated site and Roman villa immediately east of All Saint's Church (1018007)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Kimble". visitoruk.com. 2005. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  4. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Flavia Hodges; A. D. Mills; Adrian Room (2002). The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. ^ Quinlan, Ray (2003), The Greater Ridgeway, pp. 150–151.

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