Denton Castle

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Denton Castle
Denton, Norfolk, England
Castle Hill, Motte and Bailey - geograph.org.uk - 384115.jpg
Remaining earthworks of Denton Castle
Denton Castle is located in Norfolk
Denton Castle
Denton Castle
Coordinates52°27′20″N 1°19′51″E / 52.4555°N 1.3309°E / 52.4555; 1.3309Coordinates: 52°27′20″N 1°19′51″E / 52.4555°N 1.3309°E / 52.4555; 1.3309
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information
ConditionEarthworks only remain

Denton Castle is a motte and bailey castle built in the village of Denton, Norfolk, England.

History[edit]

1884 plan and cross-section of Denton Castle

Denton Castle was built after 1088, following the Norman invasion of England, probably by William d'Albini, who linked his estate at Denton to that at Buckenham, where he also built a castle.[1] The motte is around 150 feet in diameter, surrounded by a protective ditch, with an adjacent, horseshoe-shaped bailey.[2] The castle may have been destroyed around 1254.[3]

Today the castle is a scheduled monument.[4] It was purchased by the National Trust, who list it under Darrow Wood, in 1990.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norfolk Historic Environmental Record No. 11047, Norfolk Heritage Explorer, accessed 28 June 2011; Manning, p.342.
  2. ^ Manning, p.336.
  3. ^ Norfolk Historic Environmental Record No. 11047, Norfolk Heritage Explorer, accessed 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ Denton Darrow Green, Gatehouse website, accessed 28 June 2011.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Manning, C.R. (1884) "Earthworks at the Castle-Hill, Darrow Wood, Denton, Norfolk," Norfolk Archaeology 9, pp. 335–342.